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Risk Advisory Board

Chikara Sakoda

Senior Vice President Commercial Head


Chikara Sakoda is the Head of Commercial Operations at Coface, Japan. Prior to that position, he was employed by Seven Corners Insurance Solutions, Inc. as the Director of Marketing.

Before joining Seven Corners Insurance Solutions, Sakoda was the Executive Client Director (and the National Business Development Leader) of AIG Asian Corporate Solutions, which oversees AIG’s Asian businesses in the U.S.

Before joining AIG, Sakoda was the Client Executive and Sales Leader of Marsh Asia Client Services, which oversees Marsh’s Asian businesses in the west coast, based on Marsh Los Angeles office.

Sakoda earned a B.A. in economics from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and an MBA specialized in risk management and insurance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has achieved the following designations: chartered property and casualty underwriter (CPCU); associate in risk management (ARM); associate in reinsurance (ARe); associate in surplus lines insurance (ASLI); associate in insurance accounting and finance (AIAF); associate in insurance services (AIS) , and cyber risk management (CYB). He also holds a Japanese P&C Broker License, and a California State P&C Producer License.

Sakoda’s articles include “Yearning of the Vanguard,” Risk & Insurance, 2005; “RMI Education in the U.S,” Hoken Mainichi Shinbun, 2006; “How to Acquire a CPCU Designation,” Hoken Mainichi Shinbun, 2008; and “Spread the Word in Japanese,” CPCU Society, 2008.