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Brian Heywood

Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Taiyo Pacific Partners
Brian graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with an honors degree in East Asian Studies. Prior to graduation he spent 3 years living in Japan as a missionary and as a student. After graduation, he joined JD Power and Associates and aided in the establishment of the Japanese and Asian operations of JDPA and the development of the JDPA business model in Asia. Mr. Heywood served on the board of directors of JD Power Asia and JD Power Korea where he had the opportunity to interact with the board of directors and management of nearly every automotive company in the world as well as hundreds of Japanese chief executive officers and other senior management officials. His interaction was directed at supporting management in driving internal change. In 1997, he joined a British firm, Belron International, as Director of Business Development and Operations for nine Asian countries, including Japan. During his two years with Belron, he lived in Singapore before returning to Japan in 1999 to join Citibank as Vice President and Head of Sales for its 22 retail branches. Mr. Heywood speaks and reads Japanese fluently.