Huron Consulting Group Expands Tokyo Office
CHICAGO – February 6, 2008 – Huron Consulting Group (NASDAQ: HURN), a leading provider of financial and operational consulting services, today announced that Hiroki Akiba and Kenji Sakai have joined as managing directors to enhance the Company’s rapidly expanding Tokyo office.
“Finding the best professionals for our Tokyo office is critical as Huron continues to build its services around the emerging JSOX market and accounting investigations in Japan,” said Gary E. Holdren, chairman and chief executive officer, Huron Consulting Group. “Hiroki and Kenji will be instrumental to our success in the Japan marketplace bringing our clients exceptional capabilities and service.”
Akiba brings to Huron more than 15 years of advisory and consulting experience in mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, reorganization, and financial strategy. He has worked as a lead advisor for both international and domestic mergers and acquisitions and has provided valuation services for highly complex transactions and investments. Akiba has served clients at large international corporations in the electronics, high-tech, trading, transportation, and finance industries. Before joining Huron, Akiba served as executive vice president of American Appraisal Japan and worked as a leader of Transaction Advisory Services. Akiba received his BA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.
Sakai, who has 15 years of consulting experience, has provided clients with due diligence, valuation, acquisition structure planning, new business design and planning, risk analysis, synergy analysis, and business process re-engineering expertise. He has worked in the manufacturing, travel, telecommunications, and retail industries. Sakai served as chief executive officer and managing director of Maxis Consulting Co. (a subsidiary of Itochu) before joining Huron. He has co-authored articles in several industry journals including Japan Management Association and Toyo Keisai. Sakai received his BA from Dokkyo University.
Huron’s Tokyo office opened in April 2007, and is led by Yuji (Kurt) Yamamoto.
About Huron Consulting Group
Huron Consulting Group helps clients effectively address complex challenges that arise in litigation, disputes, investigations, regulatory compliance, procurement, financial distress, and other sources of significant conflict or change. The Company also helps clients deliver superior customer and capital market performance through integrated strategic, operational, and organizational change. Huron provides services to a wide variety of both financially sound and distressed organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized businesses, leading academic institutions, healthcare organizations, and the law firms that represent these various organizations. Learn more at www.huronconsultinggroup.com.
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