A seasoned corporate finance executive, Yasumasa Kikuchi currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Rim Partners, Inc. Based in Villanova, Pennsylvania, Pacific Rim Partners offers expert consulting services in the areas of strategic planning, funding and capital raising, M&A, risk management, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Yasumasa Kikuchi and his colleagues specialize in financial services and energy sectors. Prior to establishing Pacific Rim Partners, Yasumasa Kikuchi held a position with Wachovia Bank from 1999 to 2002 as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. Serving as head of a corporate finance group, he helped to raise the group’s profit by more than $15 million in three years. Yasumasa Kikuchi’s earlier career experience includes providing leadership at the Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Ltd. Part of the company for 13 years, he filled several upper management roles and eventually achieved the position of Senior Vice President and Deputy General Manager in charge of of Corporate and Investment Banking in New York. Yasumasa Kikuchi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1978 and went on to receive a Master of Arts in history from Johns Hopkins University. While completing his Master’s studies, he worked at Johns Hopkins as an instructor of political science and history. Yasumasa Kikuchi continues to hold an interest in research and education, and he is considering eventually pursuing a career as a teacher and researcher at the university level. Although he was trained in the tradition of modern European intellectual history, he has been increasingly interested in history of Japan and the Far East in the 19th and 20th centuries. Mr. Kikuchi actively supports charitable organizations such as The American and International Red Cross, Philabundance, The Salvation Army and several local soup kitchens. Among his personal interests are reading, listening to classical music, watching old and new movies and enjoying baseball and tennis. He currently resides at 239 Trianon Lane, Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085.