Chief Executive Officer, Avantia Consulting, Inc.
Why do people exist? The answer is to contribute to society and their community. In order to do so, I believe that it is important to take responsibility based on your beliefs. As a professional Certified Public Accountant who takes pride in fulfilling that social role, I am confident that we can help contribute to society. If my dream cannot be reached, I still have many goals left, such as working in the public sector, helping the global economy, etc. By building a professional firm that aims to contribute to society, I have a desire to turn more of my dreams into reality.
Naoshi Ogasawara is originally from Tochigi Prefecture. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
After passing the Certified Public Accountant examination, he worked for Mizuho Bank and later joined Grant Thornton Taiyo LLC where he eventually held the position of senior partner.
In 2008, he was appointed as the representative partner of Avantia GP. Despite being the representative partner, he actively continues to execute the firm’s daily operations and work in a variety of fields, from conducting seminars to writing articles.
Currently, he is the external director of Topre Corporation, the audit and supervisory board member of TSUZUKI DENKI CO., LTD., the auditor of the National Institution for Academic Degrees and Quality Enhancement of Higher Education, the auditor of SKS, and the auditor of the Japan Asian Community Culture Cooperation Organization. Previously, his principal activity in the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants includes being the former vice-chairman of the Japan Foundation for Accounting Education and Learning, a former committee member of the Certified Public Accountant Completion Examination, Syuryokousa, etc.
He also has experience in the educational field such as being a former associate professor of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University and a former instructor of the Faculty of Law, Politics and Economics at Chiba University. Now he teaches at the School of Business Administration Hitotsubashi Business School as a part-time lecturer.
Naoto Kimura Naoto Kimura
Head of Audit & Advisery Department.
Director, Avantia Consulting, Inc.
There are two aspects in auditing, the critical function, and the advisory function, which seem to be contradictory to each other. Nowadays, only the critical aspect of auditing tends to be focused on in society, but I believe it is possible to join both aspects at the same time. If we build a trusting relationship between our clients and pursue professional judgment, I think that we can provide beneficial advice while auditing. We endeavor to do what we are supposed to do as an auditing firm. To accomplish that social role as an auditing firm, we strive to make an effort each day.
Naoto Kimura is originally from Nagasaki Prefecture. He graduated from Waseda University with a bachelor's degree in economics.
After passing the Certified Public Accountant examination, he taught at TAC Certified Public Accountant examination prep-school as an instructor.
Before establishing Avantia GP, he worked for Grant Thornton Taiyo LLC and Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC and handled statutory audits, IPO audits, etc. In 2008, he was appointed as the managing partner of Avantia GP.
Currently, not only is he active in managing statutory audits and IPO audits, but he continues to work in various fields such as M&A advisory and IFRS implementation advisory.
In addition, he acts as the Head of Audit & Advisory to facilitate the adoption of the most advanced audit technologies, such as AI and data analysis, into our audit services and non-audit services.
Previously, his principal activity for the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants includes being the former vice-chairman of an intellectual property rights project team. He teaches auditing as a part-time instructor at the Faculty of Law, Politics and Economics at Chiba University.