University of Pittsburgh

Kazunobu Nakao, Winner 2009 Distinguished Service Award

Kazunobu Nakao

Nakao International Human Resource Consulting

Kazunobu ("Kazu") Nakao was born and grew up in Itami, Hyogo, Japan.

In 1988, he earned a Bachelor of Sociology in Journalism and Sociology from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.

He started his career as a human resource (HR) magazine editor, an HR communications consultant, and a training /HR development specialist with Kansai Employers' Association (which was then a major HR-related economic organization in Osaka, Japan and is now incorporated into Kansai Economic Federation).

After five years with the organization, he was admitted to the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. In 1994, he earned the Master of Business Administration in Strategic Planning and Organization/Human Resource Management from the school.

Upon graduating, he returned to Japan and served as a chief consultant and a director at HR management consulting firms in Osaka for several years.

In 2000, he accepted the position of manager, HR Strategies Group, at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, starting in Tokyo. A year later, he was transferred to New York City, where he was responsible for providing HR strategies consulting to Japanese companies in the United States.

In 2004, he left Deloitte and started his own consulting business (Nakao International Human Resource Consulting) based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He provides general HR strategies consulting for Japanese companies operating in the United States as well as their headquarters in Japan.

He serves on the Pitt Business Alumni Board of Directors and is the representative for the KGSB Japan Alumni Network. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

He is a true cosmopolitan, having traveled through more than 40 countries on business or for pleasure. He is also an avid sports fan, particularly the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football and basketball teams, Japan's Hanshin Tigers (baseball), and the Olympics.

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