Mr. Ando is one of the best-known investment managers in the private equity fund industry in Japan. As a founding managing partner of Phoenix Capital, he has made Phoenix Capital one of the best private equity firms in Japan in terms of its size and performance. He has served on the boards of companies including Housetec Inc. (formerly known as Hitachi Housetec), Tokyu Construction, Seiki-Tokyu Ind., TEAC Corp., Gold-Pak, and Mitsubishi Motors. He is well-known for his unique approach to improving company performance. Before founding Phoenix Capital, he served as chief manager of the Investment Banking Division at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, where he took a leading role in promoting the bank’s international investment banking business. He also has ten years of international commercial banking business experience, as well as five years of trading experience.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from the University of Chicago.