Executive Team

Our Leadership Team

Katsuo Yamanaka

President/Chairman

Ed Stokx

CFO/CAO

Yoshi Suzuki

Executive Vice President

Anita Hsu

SVP General Counsel

Yu Niimi

Vice President

Vijay Pandurangadu

Vice President

Gwen Shell

Development Manager

Katsuo Yamanaka President/Chairman

Katsuo Yamanaka is President and Chairman of the Board of MBK Real Estate LLC (MRE). As President and Chairman, he is responsible for the overall management of the Company. He oversees the development and execution of the Company’s fiscal strategies, evaluates the organization’s fiscal function and performance as well as directs MRE’s subsidiaries to fulfill the strategic goals of the organization.

Before his role as President of MRE, he served as a Deputy General Manager at Mitsui & Co. Ltd, MRE’s parent company, where he oversaw the firm’s First Real Estate Business Division in Tokyo. He planned and managed Mitsui’s Global Real Estate portfolio for residential, industrial, logistics, and office properties. He was also responsible for all Human Resources aspects of the First Real Estate Business Division.

Mr. Yamanaka graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and from the University of Tokyo with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.

He joined Mitsui in 1989 in the company’s Property Development Division in Osaka. Throughout his career at Mitsui, he has been involved extensively in the real estate industry and worked in various capacities in Asia, Europe and the US. During 2002-2007, he spent five years in Southern California as Senior Vice President of MBK Real Estate, where he was mainly responsible for MRE’s senior housing and retail real estate development and investment strategy.

Ed Stokx CFO/CAO

Ed Stokx is chief financial & administrative officer of MBK Real Estate and its affiliated companies. In this role, Mr. Stokx leads the company’s capital raising efforts, including debt and third-party equity. In addition, Stokx oversees the company’s finance and accounting functions as well its IT and HR resources, which support the MBK’s 2,200 employees.

Prior to joining MBK in 2017, Mr. Stokx served 14 years as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial officer of PS Business Parks, a publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on office and industrial assets across the United States. In his capacity at PS Business Parks, Mr. Stokx led the company’s debt and equity raising efforts as well as its investor relations efforts. While at PS Business Parks, Mr. Stokx led the efforts to form the company’s multi-family joint venture which focused on replacing obsolete office properties with state-of-the-art apartment communities.

Prior to joining PS Business Parks, Mr. Stokx served as Chief Financial Officer of Center Trust, Inc., a publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on developing and managing community retail centers. He was instrumental in the company’s 2003 merger with another public REIT. Mr. Stokx joined Center Trust in October 1997 after having assisted taking the company public while working for Deloitte.

Mr. Stokx is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and is a certified public accountant.

Yoshi Suzuki Executive Vice President

Yoshi Suzuki brings more than 20 years of experience in investment and business development to his position as Executive Vice President of MBK Real Estate, overseeing overall management of the company.

During his tenure at MBK Real Estate, he cooperatively lead the acquisition of the Westliving Portfolio, which is the largest deal in MBK’s thirty-year history, he has also been instrumental in initiating the launch of a private fund strategy aimed at utilizing MBK’s operational platforms in the US. Before joining MBK, Yoshi had led multiple projects at Mitsui & Co., including Otemachi-One, a multi-billion dollar office-complex development project in downtown Tokyo. Also, he oversaw and initiated various joint venture projects with international business partners in US, Europe and Asia.

Yoshi earned a Master of Engineering (Urban Design) from University of Tokyo, Japan and Master of Business Administration from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan.

Anita Hsu SVP General Counsel

Anita Hsu is Senior Vice President, General Counsel of MBK Real Estate Companies. She currently oversees all related legal matters for MBK Real Estate and its subsidiaries, MBK Senior Living, MBK Rental Living, MBK Homes and MBK Industrial Properties.

Before joining MBK, she was a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, specializing in real estate transactions, including complex acquisitions and dispositions, financing, leasing and other matters related to the ownership and development of commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties. She also served (on secondment) as in-house legal counsel for an alternative energy company.

Anita received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and she was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Yu Niimi Vice President

Yu joined MBK in 2019 and has been responsible mainly for business strategy formulation and investment management by leveraging his extensive background in real estate industries. 

Prior to joining MBK, Yu served in various investment and portfolio management roles in the US real estate field, including MBK’s first industrial project in 2017, as a Deputy General Manager at Mitsui & Co., the parent company of MBK.

Before joining Mitsui, Yu was responsible for strategy consulting at Nomura and corporate strategy and business intelligence roles at Takeda in Japan, leading in over 50 projects.

Yu holds an MBA from Hitotsubashi University and a BA in environmental information from Keio University, Japan. 

Vijay Pandurangadu Vice President

Vijay Pandurangadu has been with MBK Industrial since 2017 and joined shortly after the division was founded. Vijay has overarching responsibilities including business strategy, acquisitions, development, joint ventures and asset management.

Prior to joining MBK Industrial, Vijay held acquisition and development related roles at Goodman Group, DEXUS Property Group, and the Irvine Company – Office Properties. Over his career Vijay has closed over $2.5 billion in office and industrial real estate and engaged in 6m square feet of industrial development.

Vijay is active in NAIOP and previously served on the Board for NAIOP Inland Empire.

Vijay earned his MBA from University of California, Irvine and Bachelors in Science from Ball State University.

Gwen Shell Development Manager

Gwen Shell joined MBK Industrial in 2020 with responsibilities including acquisitions, development, joint ventures, project and asset management.

Prior to joining MBK Industrial, Gwen held development and asset management related roles at Black Equities Group/SB Management, Macy’s, Sears Holdings and General Growth Properties.

Over Gwen’s career she has acquired, managed and developed over 15,000,000 square feet in industrial real estate and 20,000,000 in retail.

Gwen earned a Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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