"Credits. Yeah I got credits: a new K-4 Series and a penthouse flat on the Canto waterfront. All the credits ain't worth frack. You play this game for power. The power to get things done; to make big decisions; to affect things. You make a holo call, and the next thing you know, you're telling the president of Corellia that he'd better play it your way, or he's history. That's why you play. That's why I'm with this game."
~ Julia Hipori
Julia Hipori, was a female human businesswoman and former politician. Previously, she served as Secretary of Intergalactic Affairs and Governor of Lahsbane within the Independent Systems Consortium, whilst sitting on the board of the corporate giant, Blackwell Technologies, a position she retains. She has also served as a C-Suite Executive at the Systech Corporation. Prior to her entry into politics, she had a successful career with the Blackwell, during which time she married (and remains married to) her second husband, businessman Sebastian Hipori.
In such a vast and expansive galaxy, a place of force-wielding warriors and much more, the most dangerous people often come from the least expected locations. Julia could perhaps be considered one of those people; beginning her career as a young woman on Corellia, she was to follow in her parent's footsteps and head into the Blackwell Corporation via one of its academies. Starting out as a little more than a low-level executive in their Security Division, Julia learned quickly that the world of intergalactic business is just as cruel and heartless as the holo-movies say, and, armed with that knowledge, she was to make something of a name for herself.
At her parents' suggestion, she remained in the Security Division of Blackwell, the area where her own family had worked for much of their lives. Over the first few years of her career, she would work mainly in the counterintelligence branch of the division, developing a range of skills in the cybersecurity field, which placed her in good stead to advance up the corporate ladder.
Within the first few years, she was able to secure herself a promotion and was soon running her own jobs on behalf of the Corp, during which time she leaf multiple operations against rival companies, so-called 'off the books' deals that saw her carrying out what effectively amounted to corporate hits on rivals. It was in this position that she excelled even further; her method of doing things, a brain rather than brawn approach, set her out amongst the others in the branch, and as such, she was well placed to take up a position of Corporate Vice-President when the opportunity presented itself. Ascending to such a position, Julia quickly realised the 'dog-eat-dog' way of doing things was much more prevalent, with far higher stakes, at this level. She was in her element, and Julia set to work, making as much money and as big a name for herself as possible.
Shortly after the formation of the ISC, Julia was caught up in a gang dispute, which saw armed gunmen attempt to assassinate her (as a supplier to a rival group). Unprepared and unable to fend for herself, as a result, she barely survived and took it upon herself to ensure that she would never be so vulnerable again and started taking an assortment of self-defence classes, which she has kept going to to this day.
Around this time, she was headhunted into the ISC itself to become a Governor of one of their worlds, Lahsbane, and then soon after, Secretary for Intergalactic Affairs. Upon becoming Secretary, she resigned as a member of the Corporate Team at Blackwell and assumed a position as Non-Executive Director instead.
She stepped down from her political positions a few years later, returning to a career in business. She was approached by the Systech Corporation, eager to expand on the talent they held on their books, and with a background in corporate skullduggery and a long list of connections in the political world, Julia was the prime target.
Remaining with Blackwell, she took an additional position with the adrenals corporation on Quesh, tasked with expanding it and driving profits for its shareholders. A step back into the corporate world was one Julia greatly needed; having grown bored of making a killing delivering speeches about ‘intergalactic politics’ to rooms of bankers or consulting for hefty fees, she wanted back in at the top - and courtesy of Systech, that was precisely what she got.
Back into the cutthroat world of corporate greed, she got to work.
Personality and Traits
Julia was a hard-working, and keenly intelligent human, with a great deal of cybersecurity knowledge. Perhaps somewhat stereotypically for operators within the corporate world, Julia was a no-nonsense sort of person, dealing with the universe calmly and pragmatically - constantly weighing the opportunity cost and seeking to advance her aims and those of the Corporation itself. Always appearing well dressed (whilst remaining in line with the Corps guidelines), she was a cold and influential member of the Corporate elite.
A practical woman, Julia relied on the cold hard facts that would enable her to carry the day. Likewise, she was a morally grey individual when it came to the business in general, having little worry about who her client was in so long as they paid on time and in full. To that end, she kept her options open when it came to dealing with new business and was willing to supply, assist and support basically anyone, provided it benefited her and the Corp to do so.
Being a woman more at home in the boardroom than she was in the field of battle, she nonetheless had the basic training provided to all Blackwell Security Division employees and was a nifty shot with a blaster pistol and reasonably handy with a knife to boot. She was loath to travel unprepared and made sure to carry a hold-out and a knife with her at all times. Her training was augmented out of her pocket later in life, and she undertook Teras Kasi lessons weekly.
Courtesy of her positions in various senior business roles, she has a good knowledge of Corporate politics and has been through their advanced cybersecurity training, thus being able to understand how to slice computer and security systems if she has the correct equipment. Very much a 'company person’, she is always on the move and is adept at travelling light and integrating with local communities when she comes across them.
Despite her humble upbringing, Julia is at the top of the Corporate game and a wealthy and influential woman. Having spent years on the board of the Blackwell Corporation, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Product Officer, she has made a fortune over the course of her career. Complimented by her long career in the corporate world, followed by a stint as a politician, she reaps a sizable income from her current corporate positions, investments and speaking fees - to put it mildly, she has a considerable fortune, with strong political and corporate connections which, combined, make her a formidable player in the galactic scene.
Owing to her position, she is often accompanied by a security detail when 'out and about'. Presently this consists of a group of twelve corporate sector security operatives and two officers.
Governor of Lahsbane - ISC
Secretary for Intergalactic Affairs - ISC
Chief Product Officer - Blackwell Technologies
Chief Public Relations Officer - Systech
Owner - Hipori Holdings (Investment Vehicle holding shares in the below firms):