CEO, MT Partners K.K. / Chairman, linkties Co., Ltd. & Publisher of Forbes JAPAN / Founder & CEO, D4V
Mr. Takano joined Daiwa Securities after receiving his master’s degree from Waseda University and later joined Daiwa Institute of Research where he was head of the strategist team. He was seconded to Daiwa Securities’ United States office in 1991 where he co-developed asset management models with Nobel Economics Prize Winner Harry Marcovitz. He joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 1997 and served as Head of Marketing as well as Operating Officer & Chief of Planning and Research before joining PIMCO Japan Ltd. in 2001. Mr. Takano served as President of PIMCO Japan for 13 years. In 2014, Mr. Takano moved on to the publishing industry and became CEO of linkties Co., Ltd. (formerly Atomixmedia Inc.) and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN. He also co-founded D4V (Design for Ventures, a venture capital formed in partnership with IDEO) in 2016 and currently serves as its CEO. In 2019, he became Chairman of linkties and Publisher of Forbes JAPAN.
Mr. Takano serves on the board of a number of organizations, including GHV Accelerator, Endeavor Japan, Japan Venture Capital Association, and Asia Pacific Initiative. Mr. Takano has also published extensively on capital markets including his contribution to the Nikkei newspaper. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University.