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Akitsugu, Era

Aktisugu Era

Job title
Managing Director, Head of Investment Stewardship
Current employer
BlackRock Japan

Akitsugu Era, Managing Director, is Head of Investment Stewardship in BlackRock
Japan. Based in Tokyo, Mr Era is responsible for voting and engaging with Japanese
companies on issues material to the long-term value of the investee company or the

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Mr Era worked at Nikko Asset Management from
2006 where he was responsible for the firm’s corporate governance activities while also
taking on the role as fundamental equity analyst. He also has seven years of experience
as CEO of a web hosting service provider, which he co-founded in 1999.

Mr Era has and continues to contribute to several committees and study groups hosted
by the Japanese Government, including the FSA/TSE Council of Experts concerning the
Japanese Stewardship Code and Corporate Governance Code, METI Guidelines for
Corporate Takeovers, Corporate Governance Study Group and several study groups on
market related policies and disclosure frameworks hosted by the Cabinet office.

Mr Era studied at London Business School and earned an MBA from Keio University in
2006, and a BS in liberal arts from ICU in 2002.

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