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Yoichi Inoue


Chief Operating Officer
Sanrio Entertainment Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan)


Mr. Yoichi Inoue is Chief Operating Officer at Sanrio Entertainment Co., Ltd. Previously, Mr. Inoue was a Vice President at The Carlyle Group. He focused on Asia venture and growth capital opportunities in Japan. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Inoue was an Associate at ACTIV Investment Partners in Tokyo. In his 15 months at ACTIV, he provided investment analysis and served as an Auditor to Tokyu Tourist Corporation. Prior to ACTIV, Mr. Inoue was a Business Planning Manager at Softbank Networks, where he produced business plans for Softbank Group's broadband infrastructure businesses and oversaw regulatory affairs. During Mr. Inoue’s two years at Softbank, he was also responsible for advancing numerous business development projects with foreign and domestic partners, including Global Crossing. Mr. Inoue initially started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation in computer and telecommunication businesses, where he spent three years working with software/SI companies, telecom equipment vendors, and wireless carriers.


Mr. Inoue holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.