Born in the United States in 1940, Mr Yasuda graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations in 1962. He was accepted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth. Mr Yasuda received a JD from Harvard Law School in 1969.
In the interim period, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service as a senior advisor in Vietnam. Prior to joining First Pacific in 1983 as an Executive Director, Mr. Yasuda worked in the international law firm of Graham & James, based in San Francisco, where he became a partner in charge of their business practice.
At First Pacific, he has been based in Hong Kong and involved in the acquisition and oversight most of their strategic investments, with particular focus in Telecommunications and Marketing & Distribution. He was named Managing Director of First Pacific in 1999. Mr Yasuda serves as a Director of FPB Bank Holding Company Limited, in Hong Kong; Metrosel in Indonesia; and Escotel Mobile Communications Limited, in India. He also remains as a member of the Supervisory Board of Hagemeyer N.V., after its disposal by First Pacific in March 1998.
He is married and has two children.