Keith Yamashita – Founder & Chairman, Stone Yamashita Partners
Keith Yamashita is fascinated by innovation in Asia. As the Chairman of Stone Yamashita Partners (SYP), he leads a 60-person change and innovation firm. Clients of the firm over the years have included the CEOs and leadership teams at Apple, eBay, Gap, Gap Inc., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Old Navy, Mercedes-Benz, Nike, PBS, The Coca-Cola Company, Target, Yahoo!, among others. And SYP has worked on turn-around efforts, leadership development programs, innovation initiatives, and culture-change efforts. Last year, he served as an ambassador for the Japan Society and was part of a team of delegates sent to Japan to study innovation. In that capacity, he interviewed more than 70 Japanese CEOs, leaders, and cultural leaders. Yamashita is a published author—having published in the Harvard Business Review, two books (Unstuck, 15 Things Charles and Ray Eames Teach Us), and several articles. He’s lectured at the Yale School of Management, Stanford Business School and the Jack F. Welch Leadership Center (General Electric’s famed Crotonville Learning Center). He holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior and a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Stanford University.