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Robert C. Nakasone

Robert C. (Bob) Nakasone is the former CEO of Toys "R" Us, Inc. where he led the global growth of the world's largest children's specialty retailer serving as President, U.S. Toy Stores; Vice-Chairman, Worldwide Toy Stores; President & COO; and CEO . During his 14 year tenure, the company grew seven-fold and expanded internationally to over 1,500 stores in 26 countries including the creation of Babies "R" Us and He holds the distinction of being the first Asian American (non-founder) to be appointed CEO of a Fortune 100 service corporation in 1998. Previously, he held multiple senior management positions with the Jewel Food Stores, Osco/Savon Drug stores and the Brigham's Ice Cream Parlor division of the Jewel Companies. He currently serves on the board of Hormel Foods Corp and has held board seats with six public companies including Staples, Inc. where he was a founding investor and board member. He is currently a principal of NAK Enterprises, an investment, consulting and advisory firm.

On the non-profit side, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College and Board of Directors of the "V" Foundation for Cancer Research. Previously, he served on the boards of Direct Relief and Cottage Health as well as the honorary board of the Japanese American National Museum.

Nakasone has a BA in economics from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Additionally, he has been the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the Asian American Heritage Presidential Award (President George H.W. Bush) for Excellence in Business; and the American Baseball Coaches Association Achievement Award. He currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife Lynn and they have four married children and nine grandchildren.
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