You are here

Ernest M. Higa

Ernest M. Higa ’76
Chairman and CEO, Higa Industries, Co., Ltd., Wendy's Japan, and Higa Investments, Japan

Ernest M. Higa is the chairman and chief executive officer of Higa Industries, Wendy's Japan, and Higa Investments. He is also a board member of JC Comsa and Shinsei Bank.

In 1990, he was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Japanese semigovernmental organization New Business Conference, and in 1998 he received an award from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Mr. Higa is a visiting professor at Nihon University, a member of Keizai Doyukai (one of the three major business groups in Japan), a member of the Trilateral Commission, the board of advisors of Ripplewood Holdings Japan, the board of trustees of the American School in Japan, the board of the Wo Center at Punahou School in Hawaii, and an international board member of the Chief Executive Organization. He was also a board member of New Business Conference (1994–99), International Board member of Young Presidents Organization (1993–98), Japan Telecom (2004), and Jermyn Street Capital (2003–06).

Mr. Higa graduated with a BS from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


Use these tags to follow the conversation

The tag to use for tweets about the Columbia Business School experience.

The new way to follow the Columbia Business School alumni conversation.

 CONNECT ONLINE to watch the conversation unfold.


The Curl Ideas to wrap your mind around

Affable Art

As vice president and controller for Swann Galleries, Andrew Ansorge '76 wears many hats. Here, he talks about his presence in and intrigue with the New York art scene.

Read More >

Columbia Business School Professor Predicts How Changes in Banking Laws Could Fuel Emerging Economies of Tomorrow

New research tracks emerging countries’ economics activity after law changes and finds a boost in access to credit; increase in employment rate; increase in productivity and sales for firms

Read More >

A Fair Hearing for Sovereign Debt

Market-based solutions to sovereign-debt crises have a high potential for chaos. A prime example: Argentina’s default.

Read More >

Can't Meet Anyone Online? It's Not All Your Fault.

Seeking a match online? Whether its a new job or a date, fewer choices may lead to better matches.

Read More >

To Anchor a Negotiation, Two Points May Be Better Than One

Opening ranges offer negotiators unexpected benefits both in relationships and final settlements

Read More >

3 Steps to Board Membership

A board position brings prestige, influence, and power. Speakers at a recent Columbia Business School alumni event offered tips on getting a seat at the table.

Read More >

A New Look at Culture and Its Influence on Individuals and Organizations

New research from Columbia Business School professor introduces “Polyculturalism” 

Read More >

Hershey Buys Jon Sebastiani’s Krave Jerky

In an agreement estimated to be worth $200–300 million, chocolate giant Hershey has acquired Krave, a company founded by Jon Sebastiani ’12 that makes all-natural, uniquely flavored meat jerky.

Read More >

Hello, Financial Sector? Earth Is Calling.

The director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University explains why it’s in financiers’ own best interest to combat climate change.

Read More >