Thomas E. McLain, Clinton appointed commissioner of Japan-US Friendship Commission, joins the eSurface KK Advisory Board.
CARLSBAD, California ― eSurface® Technologies the developer of the eSurface proprietary patented technology for applied conductive materials, today announced the appointment of Thomas McLain to the eSurface KK Advisory Board, effective immediately. McLain will maintain his existing position on the eSurface Technologies Advisory Board.
“When I first joined the eSurface Advisory Board, we discussed the longer term vision of introducing the eSurface technology into Japan, but the enthusiastic response from the region has escalated that timing dramatically,” stated McLain. “The establishment of eSurface KK is clear evidence of our dedication to the region and the intrinsic belief of the importance the Japanese market plays in the eSurface business model.”
“As we grow as a business, we are becoming better at being able to respond quickly to key business opportunities and our push into the Japanese marketplace is proof of that maturity,” stated Dave Benson, eSurface Chairman and CEO. “However, we will never let speed come at the price of seamless execution. One of keys to our efforts in Japan, is having Tom McLain on both the eSurface and KK Advisory Boards. Tom is a consummate expert in assisting U. S.-based businesses establish and conduct business in Japan. Tom is one of those rare businesses leaders who has more than 30 years of experience navigating the ins and outs of properly creating and establishing a business in Japan, we are extremely fortunate to be able to leverage Tom’s talents on both of our advisory boards.”
Tom McLain Background:
Tom McLain has extensive experience as an attorney, investment banker and private equity investor specializing in international business transactions. McLain regularly consults with boards, senior executives and investment groups to assist in devising and implementing strategies for entering foreign markets and structuring complex joint ventures and licensing transactions. Currently, McLain is a retired partner in the Los Angeles office of Arnold & Porter LLP, and he serves on the advisory boards of technology companies where he assists in charting and implementing strategies in Asia.
McLain began his legal career as a foreign law trainee at the Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu law firm in Tokyo in 1974. He speaks Japanese, lived, studied and worked in Japan on several occasions, and taught Japanese law at the University of Southern California Law Center. He previously served on the board of directors of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. for six years and was on the Audit and Compensation Committees.
McLain also has experience as an investment banker in Asia, where, he was the head of the Balcor/Shearson Lehman International Realty Company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. McLain oversaw real estate-related investment banking operations throughout Asia.
McLain is a Trustee of the Asia Society, Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee, and a Member of the Compensation Committee. He also serves as Chair of the Asia Society Southern California Center and has been active in the Asia Society Southern California for over 15 years.
McLain was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and as a member of the US-Japan Committee on Cultural and Educational Exchange, and he is a founder of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation. He has served on the boards of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
McLain is an honors graduate of Duke University and the Duke School of Law. He was awarded a Japan Foundation Fellowship to study language and law at the Inter-University Center in Tokyo. In 2013, he was a distinguished lecturer at the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America.