Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Born and brought up in California, Don holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics, a joint degree of the Harvard University Department of Economics and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Don currently serves on the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He also holds a degree in mathematics and economics from Occidental College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
Don founded Kamakura Corporation in April 1990 and currently serves as its chairman and chief executive officer where he focuses on enterprise wide risk management and modern credit risk technology. His primary financial consulting and research interests involve the practical application of leading edge financial theory to solve critical financial risk management problems. Don was elected to the 50 member RISK Magazine Hall of Fame in 2002 for his work at Kamakura.
From 1987 to 1990, Don was senior vice president in the investment banking department of Lehman Brothers (then Shearson Lehman Hutton). During that time he was responsible for 27 major client relationships including Sony, Canon, Fujitsu, NTT, Tokyo Electric Power Co., and most of Japan's leading banks. He also completed three of the first four mergers and acquisitions assignments for a Japanese client by Lehman Brothers, and the first domestic Japanese corporate straight bond underwriting by the firm.
From 1982 to 1987 Don served as treasurer for First Interstate Bancorp in Los Angeles. In this capacity he was responsible for annual bond financing requirements, the company's commercial paper program, and a multi-billion dollar derivatives hedging program for the company. He also served as senior planning officer for acquisitions, new ventures and corporate strategy, participating in the 1986 attempted take-over of BankAmerica Corporation.
From 1977 to 1982, Don was a vice president in the risk management department of Security Pacific National Bank where he initiated the duration-based futures hedging program for the bank.
Don resides in Honolulu, is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending time with his daughters. He speaks Japanese and resided in Japan for more than 10 years.
For a complete listing of publications, working papers, books, etc., please see Dr. van Deventer's vita.