Management

Management

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Uba has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Kura Sushi USA since 2008 and became a member of our board of directors in October 2017. He joined the Company’s parent, Kura Sushi, Inc., in 2000 and in 2008 was selected to establish and grow Kura Sushi USA. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Uba headed operations for Kura Sushi, Inc., where he oversaw operations for Eastern and Western Japan. During this time, Mr. Uba was responsible for the expansion of the Kura brand into Eastern Japan and managed over 100 restaurants. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Uba spent three years as a restaurant manager and one year as a regional manager. During his tenure, Kura Sushi, Inc. grew from approximately 30 to 180 restaurant locations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kansai University in Japan.

    Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary
    Mr. Shinohara has served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Kura Sushi USA since October 2017. From April 2005 through August 2017, Mr. Shinohara was with HOYA Holdings, Inc., an organization which at the time had approximately over 2,000 employees and U.S. gross sales of approximately $600 million, where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2006. From November 2015 to July 2017, he also held concurrent roles as Chief Financial Officer of HOYA Corporation USA and head of HOYA Corporation’s Global Financial Headquarters. From April 2004 to April 2005, Mr. Shinohara was a Senior Manager for KPMG US LLP and from January 2002 to March 2004 he served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Hankyu International Transport (USA), Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Shinohara spent five years with Arthur Andersen LLP, where he served as a Manager specializing in tax matters. Mr. Shinohara is a certified public accountant and holds a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.
    Director of Operations
    Mr. Sugimoto has served as our Director of Operations since October 2018. He joined the Company’s parent, Kura Sushi, Inc., in 2004 and held roles of increasing responsibility in operations, including new restaurant openings in Eastern Japan, until being selected as an opening team member for Kura Sushi, Inc. in 2008. From 2016 to 2018, Mr. Sugimoto spent two years as Operations Controller of the Company, and was responsible for streamlining our operations and establishing a customer service department and data analytics division. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Sugimoto oversaw the opening of 11 new restaurants in California and Texas. He is a graduate of Kunitachi Music Academy in Japan.