Since its establishment as a manufacturer of Optical glass in 1941, HOYA Corporation has always been committed to delivering cutting-edge products to improve and meet the needs of the communities that we are present in. Over the years, HOYA Corporation eventually built up a diverse business portfolio, where we are present in the semiconductor manufacturing, glass substrates for HDDs, eyeglass lenses, contact lenses and medical endoscopes industries.

I first joined the company as an engineer and was promoted to managerial positions in several divisions before taking on the challenge of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Information Technology (IT) business in 2013. In 2015, I was appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for HOYA group, where I led the Research and Development (R&D) function which was a main focus and growth area for the organization. Most recently, after rounds of interviews with the Nomination Committee, I was eventually appointed to take on the important leadership role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for HOYA Corporation.

As CEO for the organization, I am very excited to embark on the new journey to bring HOYA to greater heights. As part of my commitment to do so, I have decided to review the executive management structure and business portfolio management which has been constantly refined over the years. This was one of my key priorities since stepping into my new role as the CEO as we recognize the need to constantly introduce new growth strategies to our business portfolios. As such, we will be looking to focus on business acquisitions and technology development initiatives over the next few months.

Another aspect that I hope to drive within the organization is ESG (Environment/Social/Governance) otherwise known as Sustainability. While we maintain the strong Governance system that we have built up over the years, we aim to actively identify and implement initiatives that can contribute to increasing the value of the company from medium to long term in the Environment and Social pillars of our Sustainability agenda. In addition, as people are our greatest assets, my goal is to create a working environment where each and every employee can be rallied around the purpose of the company to grow their careers and get fulfilment through their day-to-day work. I strongly value and hope to amplify the HOYA culture that allows employees to realize their fullest potentials and take on new challenges to drive innovation within the company.

I am proud to be part of HOYA and hope that we can continue to work together as one team to become the preferred choice of our customers, clients, and partners to improve and seek innovations for a better future. The executive management team and I look forward to your continued support in the year ahead.

Director, Representative Executive Officer and CEO
Eiichiro Ikeda

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