Aimed at people who are thinking about becoming a non-executive director, this workshop looks at the duties and liabilities of being a non-executive director, effective boardroom behaviour and how to go about getting that all important first role with advice on how to present your CV and tips on interview techniques.
The workshop is designed to be interactive and finishes with an opportunity to hear from a very experienced non-executive director about their personal experiences followed by the opportunity to network with speakers and fellow delegates informally at a drinks reception.
- Corporate Governance in Japan
- An Introduction to Committees - Audit, Nomination, Remuneration
- Legal Liabilities of a Board Director
- Getting Your First Role
- Journey to the Boardroom
Nobuyuki Tsuji leads Spencer Stuart’s Japan business and is a member of the firm’s Industrial, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Business & Professional Services and Board practices. He has more than 20 years of international business experience and more than 15 years of executive search experience.
Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Nobuyuki was a partner and board director of a Japanese executive search firm, where he focused on Japanese family-owned and -operated companies. He specialized in senior executive and board searches in the industrial, technology, health care and professional services sectors.
Nobuyuki also worked with McKinsey & Company in Japan for five years, serving clients in the industrial, technology and pharmaceutical industries.
As a research and development engineer at Nippon Steel Corporation, he was involved in various projects related to carbon fiber composite materials and structures.
Nobuyuki holds a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He also earned an M.S. and B.S. in naval architecture from the University of Tokyo.
NED & FounderSee bio
Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. & Melanie Brock Advisory Ltd×
NED & Founder
Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. & Melanie Brock Advisory Ltd
Melanie Brock is one of Japan's best-known APAC specialists. She uniquely combines language skills, high level political, media and business networks, and practical commercial business leadership. She consistently delivers on business, regulatory and partnership outcomes for Japanese and Australian corporations in both a global and domestic context.
Highlights of Melanie Brock’s 20 year plus experience include leading nationwide marketing campaigns, successful bilateral free trade agreement and architect of regional Japan CSR activities. Melanie is currently engaged by several companies as a senior advisor including Tanarra, Mastercard, AIG and Rugby Australia.
Melanie has a media prolife regularly featuring in the Nikkei, Australian Financial Review and the ABC giving her an unparalled media network. Her guest speaking engagements include for business and NGO groups in Japanese and English.
Director, Executive CompensationSee bio
Willis Towers Watson×
Director, Executive Compensation
Willis Towers Watson
Makiko Konishi is a director in the executive compensation practice at Willis Towers Watson in Tokyo. She joined Willis Towers Watson in February 2005 and has over 14 years experience focusing on executive compensation consulting with Japanese companies.Her expertise includes designing compensation strategies and policies, annual and long-term incentive plan design, M&A related issues including retention and severance policies, global compensation issues, and supporting compensation committees for large Japanese companies in various industries.She has written many articles about executive compensation for Japanese business and legal magazines such as Shouji-Houmu (商事法務) and Business-Houmu (ビジネス法務). She is a co-author of the Japanese Executive Compensation Handbook (「経営者報酬の実務」中央経済社).Makiko earned a BA in Law from Waseda University in Tokyo and is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan (CMA).
Natsuko is a partner in the Corporate and M&A practice and specialises in private M&A, private equity and cross-border transactions, as well as general corporate advice with respect to private and public Japanese and overseas companies. She is qualified in England and Wales and registered as a gaikokuho jimu bengoshi.
Being fully bilingual (native in both Japanese and English), Natsuko regularly advises international clients on Japan inbound M&A transactions, joint ventures and other corporate transactions, including on Japanese governance structures and management, as well as Japanese clients on outbound M&A transactions. Natsuko also specialises in advising on corporate aspects of project transactions and fund structures and investment in a range of private funds.
Natsuko is widely regarded as a leading individual in the market and has been recognised by legal directories.
Tokyo CorrespondentSee bio
Leo Lewis is the Tokyo Correspondent for the Financial Times, appointed in 2015. He covers financial markets, investment, banking and a broad sweep of the Japanese industry, from the largest corporate names to the microcap stocks that form the backbone of the country’s SME economy. He is a regular writer for the Smart Money and Market Insight columns.
Lewis’ experience of Japan and Asia is extensive. Before becoming a journalist and working in London for The Independent and Independent on Sunday, he graduated in Oriental Studies and was awarded a Toyota Trevelyan scholarship in 1996. He is fluent in Japanese and has working-level Mandarin Chinese.
In 2003, Leo returned to Japan as the Tokyo Business Correspondent for The Times (of London) and later became Asia Business Correspondent, leading business and economic coverage of the Asian region. He left Tokyo in 2010 to spend almost five years as Beijing bureau chief for The Times, covering China during a period that saw the rise of Xi Jinping and the downfall of Bo Xilai.
Leo is a regular contributor to TV and radio broadcasts, providing analysis on Japan and the broader region. He is the co-author of Japanamerica - a book that investigates the globalisation of Japanese pop culture.
Willis Towers Watson×
Willis Towers Watson
Trey Davis is a Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Executive Compensation practice and has 20 years of consulting experience with some of the world’s best known firms, including nearly a decade of experience working in Asia. Trey is now based in Hong Kong for the second time, where he serves as the leader for the firm’s Executive Compensation practice in Asia and Australasia.
Trey has experience in all areas of executive and board member compensation, including providing cross-border transactional advice during mergers, acquisitions and IPOs, and the design of short-term and long-term incentive plans (including cash, performance unit, phantom share, and share option plans) for global and local companies.
Trey’s clients include companies from around the world, including US, European and Asian companies. His work with Hong Kong and Mainland China companies includes locally listed firms, H-share and N-share companies and SOE’s.
Before joining Willis Towers Watson, Trey was an analyst in a venture capital unit of a global telecommunications firm and a broker for an investment and securities firm.
Trey has authored articles on the design and use of cash-based long-term incentives for The Society for Human Resource Management. He is a frequent public speaker and has been quoted in the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post and other newspapers. He serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Divinity School of Wake Forest University.
Trey earned a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the College of William & Mary.
Managing DirectorSee bio
Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of Asia Pacific at the Financial Times. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board.
As Global Publisher for FT Live, Mackay leads business and strategy development for conferences, events and communities, such as The 125 Forum portfolio and the FT Non-Executive Directors programmes. Working closely with our journalists, the FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually.
In Asia Pacific, Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes FTChinese.com, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site.
Mackay also holds wider responsibility across the FT Group, as Chair of Longitude, a specialist thought-leadership and research company acquired by the FT in 2018, and a board director for The Next Web, an events and media company based in Amsterdam with a focus on new technology and startups in Europe. She is also an executive board director of scoutAsia, a corporate data and news service jointly founded by the FT and Nikkei, and a non-executive director for Headspring, a joint venture between the FT and IE Business School.
Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on the editorial team, serving as the Asia investment editor for two years. Before joining the FT, she was Asia editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include editor at The Economist Group, supervising producer at CNBC, deputy news editor at The Times in London, and UK correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.
Mackay is co-chair of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival and a trustee of the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB from the University of New South Wales and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.
Clifford Chance, Tokyo (Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo)
Palace Building, 3rd floor, 1-1, Marunouchi 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan