Mr. Iijima is president and CEO of Yamazaki Baking Co., Japan’s leading manufacturer of bread and baked goods, with more than $6 billion in sales. Under Mr. Iijima’s leadership, Yamazaki has grown from humble beginnings into an operation with 25 domestic factories and more than 16,000 employees producing thousands of product lines for sale in 100,000 stores. He joined the company after graduating from Hitotsubashi University. The company sent him to London to study baking at what is now South Bank University, from which he holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree. He was named president of the firm in 1979. Mr. Iijima also sat on the advisory board of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management (now the Leader to Leader Institute), and currently serves as vice chairman of World Vision Japan, a Christian relief and development organization.