Clearstream Names New Manager for Tokyo Office
Clearstream announced June 20 the appointment of a new Head of the Representative Office Japan. As of 1 July 2011, Takashi Kimori will succeed Kyoichi Murakawa as Chief Representative of the Clearstream office in Tokyo. Takashi Kimori’s responsibilities will include relationship management of all institutions within Japan and further development of Clearstream’s business in Japan. He will report to Philippe Metoudi, Member of the Executive Board of Clearstream and Head of Client Relations Asia/Pacific/Middle East/Africa, based in Clearstream’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong.
Philippe Metoudi said: “Since the establishment of the new Japan office in March 2007, Mr Murakawa has been the driving force behind our Japan activities. He has developed the business on site and grown our customer base in Japan. I would like to thank him for his achievements and I am delighted that Mr Murakawa will continue with Clearstream in a position of Special Advisor. I welcome Takashi Kimori on board. With his depth of industry knowledge and experience in Japan and globally, I am confident that Mr Kimori will continue to extend our business in one of the most important markets in Asia. I am looking forward to working with him to further develop and to realize our growth strategy in Japan.”Takashi Kimori most recently worked as Deputy General Manager of the Risk Control divi-sion at Yamaguchi Financial Group. He started his professional career in 1978 at the The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ where he held the position of General Manager of the Transaction Services division from 2005 to 2008. His international work experience has included Brussels (2 years), Paris (7 years) and London (3 years) thus positioning him as an expert in both the Japanese and the European financial markets. Takashi Kimori was, amongst others, a consulting member to the juridical council of the Japanese Government (2005-2008), a board member of SWIFT (2005-2008) and a board member of the CLS Group Holdings AG (2005-2008). He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Kyoto University, Japan.
Clearstream has a long-standing presence in Asia and Japan. The company opened its first office in the region in Hong Kong in 1990. In November 2006, Clearstream became the first international central securities depositary to start settling interest-bearing Japanese government bonds outside Japan. Its current Japan office was opened in March 2007. In November 2009, Clearstream inaugurated its Singapore branch – the company’s operational hub for Asia. The company also has an office in Dubai since 1995.