PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata appoints a new Chief Executive Officer

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata

Tokyo, 6 March 2012 - PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata has appointed Koichiro Kimura as its new Chief Executive Officer at the General Meeting of Partners held on 5 March 2012. Kimura will formally assume the position as of 1 June 2012, succeeding current Chief Executive Officer, Koji Hatsukawa. Hatsukawa’s term expires on 31 May 2012.
New Executive Officer appointments will be announced shortly after decisions have been made.

Profile of the New Chief Executive Officer

Koichiro Kimura
Born in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka on 4 May 1963 (Age 48)

Current Title: Executive Officer, Assurance Leader
Education: March 1987 Graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University with a bachelors degree in economics
Career: October 1986 Joined Aoyama Audit Corp.
  March 1990 Registered with the JICPA
  September 1993 Seconded to Price Waterhouse in Chicago, US
  July 1997 Returned to Aoyama Audit Corp. and admitted as Shain
  July 2000 Admitted to the partnership of ChuoAoyama Audit Corp. as Daihyo-shain
  September 2006 Leader of Systems and Process Assurance, PwC Aarata
  June 2009 Assurance Leader, PwC Aarata

Koichiro Kimura has been involved in numerous US GAAP and J-GAAP financial statement audits, primarily involving clients in the technology, entertainment, and shipping industries. While on tour in Chicago, Kimura was mainly engaged in audits involving clients in the auto sector. He also engaged in accounting system implementation projects. In addition to XBRL Japan activities, he had been a committee member on XBRL with the JICPA for 3 years. Kimura is currently a member of the PwC Global Assurance Leadership Team, representing Japan.

Corporate Profile

Name of organisation: PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata
Date of establishment: 1 June 2006
Date business operations commenced: 1 July 2006
Capital: JPY 2,062 million (as of 31 December 2011)
Main Office: Sumitomo Fudosan Shiodome Hamarikyu Bldg. 8-21-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Staffing: Total (as of 31 December 2011) 2,115
  Daihyo-shain and Shain 104
  CPAs and assistant CPAs 1,216
  U.S. CPAs and other professionals 454
  Clerks 341
URL: www.pwc.com/jp/assurance
About PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata
In fulfillment of its mission to provide audits and assurance as outstanding professional services, PricewaterhouseCoopers Aarata applies the approaches and best practices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest accounting firms, in ways tailored to conditions in the Japanese market. In addition, we provide clients with a wide variety of assistance in adopting International Financial Reporting Standards(IFRS) and addressing matters related to internal controls for financial reporting as well as advice on IPOs.
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