Back to Officials


Name: Porté, Thierry
Current Position: Previous Chairman

Thierry G. Porté, took over as chair of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission on January 9, 2008. Porté received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard in 1978, and graduated from Harvard’s Business School in 1982. He began his career at Chemical Bank in Paris, and then worked for Morgan Stanley for 22 years in a variety of arenas, including capital markets, corporate finance, and management, in London, New York, and Tokyo. When Porté left the company, he held the positions of Managing Director, and President, Representative Director, and Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Japan. From 2000 to 2003 Porté was Vice President and Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Also from 2002 to 2003 he was a member of the Invest Japan Forum, a private sector committee that provided recommendations to Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for the promotion of foreign direct investment in Japan. In November 2003, Porté joined Shinsei Bank, Limited, as Vice Chairman, and became Vice Chairman and Director in June 2004. In 2005 he moved up to President and CEO, which he remains today.

Porté is also Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON), a bi-national advisory panel to the U.S. and Japanese governments. In addition, he’s a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the American School in Japan; President of the Harvard Club in Japan; a member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, and Harvard’s Council on University Resources; a member of the international Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy; a member of the Japan-U.S. Business Council; and a Board Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York.
Porté contributed to the Barack Obama Presidential campaign.
Bookmark and Share