Kathy is chief Japan equity strategist and co-director of Pan-Asian Investment Research for Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. She serves on the Asia Management Committee, the Japan Professional Development Committee and on the Firm wide Diversity Committee. Kathy joined Goldman Sachs in 1994, was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000.
Kathy was ranked No. 1 in Japan Equity Strategy by Institutional Investor magazine in 2000, 2001 and 2006 and No. 2 by the Nikkei Analyst Ranking in 2000. In 2007, she was also chosen by the Wall Street Journal newspaper as one of the "10 Women to Watch in Asia" for her work on the "Womenomics" theme.
Prior to joining the firm, she worked as the chief Japan strategist for Barclays de Zoete Wedd Securities for four years and worked at the Export-Import Bank of Japan’s Washington, DC office for two years.
She served as a committee member for the Finance Agency’s Tax Research Committee, as well as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Industrial Structure Committee. She is a board member of the Asian University for Women (AUW) Support Foundation and a trustee for the American School in Japan. She was a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo, and she is also a member of a leading Japanese business organization, Keizai Doyukai, as well as several professional women’s organizations including Leadership-111 and 85 Broads.
Kathy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in Social Studies, and she holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. She has conducted research on Japanese foreign policy at Kobe University Graduate School on a Rotary Scholarship. Kathy and her husband, Jesper Koll, have two children and live in Tokyo, Japan.