Corporate Governance

Board Member profiles

Mitsudo Urano

Independent Director, Lead Director,
Chairperson of the Nomination Committee,
Member of the Compensation Committee,
Member of the Audit Committee

Mitsudo Urano
(Born on Mar. 20, 1948)

  • Number of years in office of the Director of the Company
    8 years
  • Number of shares of the Company held
    5,000 shares
  • Number of attendances to the Board meetings
    9/9 times (100%)
Apr. 1971Joined Nippon Reizo Kabushiki Kaisha (present Nichirei Corporation)
Jun. 1999Director and General Manager, Strategic Planning Division of Nichirei Corporation
Jun. 2001Representative Director and President of Nichirei Corporation
Jan. 2005Representative Director and President of Nichirei Corporation, and Representative Director and President of Nichirei Foods Inc.
Apr. 2007Representative Director and President of Nichirei Corporation, and Director and Chairman of Nichirei Foods Inc.
Jun. 2007Representative Director and Chairman of Nichirei Corporation, and Director and Chairman of Nichirei Foods Inc.
Jun. 2013Advisor of Nichirei Corporation (retired in March 2018)
Jun. 2013Director of the Company (present post)
Important positions of other companies concurrently held
Outside Director of Hitachi Transport System, Ltd.
Reason for the selection for Director
Mr. Urano focused on capital efficiency from the early stage in Nichirei Corporation, a leading Japanese frozen food manufacturer, and developed efficient management through company split-ups and informatization. He particularly has extensive experience and solid achievements on management informatization. In addition to the achievements in Nichirei Corporation, the Company’s Nomination Committee expects that he will make a great contribution to enhance management efficiency and transparency through giving advice and proposals on overall company management with his deep insight and extensive experience as management having served as an outside director and outside corporate auditor in other companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Yukako Uchinaga

Independent Director,
Chairperson of the Audit Committee,
Member of the Nomination Committee,
Member of the Compensation Committee

Yukako Uchinaga
(Born on Jul. 5, 1946)

  • Number of years in office of the Director of the Company
    8 years
  • Number of shares of the Company held
    1,000 shares
  • Number of attendances to the Board meetings
    9/9 times (100%)
Jul.  1971Joined IBM Japan, Ltd.
Apr. 1995Director in charge of Asia Pacific Products of IBM Japan, Ltd.
Apr. 2000Managing Director and Head of Tokyo Software Development Laboratory of IBM Japan, Ltd.
Apr. 2004Director and Senior Executive Officer in charge of Development & Manufacturing of IBM Japan, Ltd.
Apr. 2007Technical Advisor of IBM Japan, Ltd. (retired in March 2008)
Apr. 2007Board Chair of Japan Women’s Innovative Network (J-WIN) (present post)
Jun. 2007Director of Benesse Corporation
Apr. 2008Director and Vice Chairman of Benesse Corporation
Apr. 2008Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO of Berlitz Corporation
Oct. 2009Director and Executive Vice President of Benesse Holdings, Inc. (retired in June 2013)
Apr. 2013Honorary Chairman of Berlitz Corporation (retired in June 2013)
Jun. 2013Director of the Company (present post)
Sep. 2013President & CEO of Globalization Research Institute Co., Ltd. (present post)
Apr. 2014Board Chair of Japan Diversity Network Association (retired in January 2019)
Important positions of other companies concurrently held
Board Chair of J-WIN, Non-Profit Organization
Outside Director of Teijin Limited
Outside Director of SINTOKOGIO, LTD.
Reason for the selection for Director
Ms. Uchinaga is a pioneer of female executive officers as she was promoted to the first female director of IBM Japan, Ltd. Then, as CEO of Berlitz Corporation under Benesse Holdings, Inc., she established a brand of a “global human resource development enterprise” and achieved superior results as the English language school at which Japanese management personnel are educated and trained so as to survive global economic competition. In addition, for many years, she has devoted herself to activities for promoting the active participation of women by corporations and has also provided the Company with advice on promoting diversity. The Company’s Nomination Committee expects she will even more greatly contribute to the effective use of IT for management purposes, the globalization of human resources, and diversity management in the Company.
Shuzo Kaihori

Independent Director,
Chairperson of the Compensation Committee,
Member of the Nomination Committee,
Member of the Audit Committee

Shuzo Kaihori
(Born on Jan. 31, 1948)

  • Number of years in office of the Director of the Company
    6 years
  • Number of shares of the Company held
    1,000 shares
  • Number of attendances to the Board meetings
    9/9 times (100%)
Apr. 1973Joined Yokogawa Electric Works Ltd. (present Yokogawa Electric Corporation)
Apr. 2005Vice President, Head of IA Business Headquarters of Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Apr. 2006Senior Vice President, Head of IA Business Headquarters of Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Jun. 2006Director and Senior Vice President, Head of IA Business Headquarters of Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Apr. 2007Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Apr. 2013Representative Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Apr. 2015Director, Chairman of Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Jun. 2015Director of the Company (present post)
Jun. 2016Director and Chairman of the Board of Yokogawa Electric Corporation (retired in June 2018)
Important positions of other companies concurrently held
Outside Director of Eisai Co., Ltd.
Reason for the selection for Director
Mr. Kaihori assumed the presidency of Yokogawa Electric Corporation, which operates a test and measurement business and industrial automation and control business, in 2007 when the company faced difficult business conditions, then was committed to turning around the company and achieved a surplus by changing the business model from hardware to software and promoting globalization. The Company’s Nomination Committee expects that he will contribute greatly to the Company’s management from his performance that he boldly responded to changes in the business environment and achieved results and by giving advice on strengthening of software business, which is a challenge for the Life Care segment, an area expected to grow, based on his extensive experience.
Hiroaki Yoshihara

Independent Director,
Member of the Nomination Committee,
Member of the Compensation Committee,
Member of the Audit Committee

Hiroaki Yoshihara
(Born on Feb. 9, 1957)

  • Number of years in office of the Director of the Company
    3 years
  • Number of shares of the Company held
    0 share
  • Number of attendances to the Board meetings
    9/9 times (100%)
Nov. 1978Joined Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co.
Jul. 1996National Managing Partner, the Pacific Rim Practice of KPMG LLP
Oct. 1997Board Member of KPMG LLP
Oct. 2003Vice Chairman and Global Managing Partner of KPMG International (retired in April 2007)
Jun. 2018Director of the Company (present post)
Important positions of other companies concurrently held
Outside Director of Hitachi, Ltd
Reason for the selection for Director
Mr. Yoshihara has long-term experience as an expert in finance and accounting as well as management experience gained as Global Managing Partner of an international accounting firm. He also has a track record of participating in the M&A of many companies from a professional standpoint. The Company’s Nomination Committee expects that he will contribute to the improvement of the supervisory function of the Board of Directors of the Company and at the same time provide plenty of advice in regard to M&A, an important measure in the Company’s business strategy,
Yasuyuki Abe

Independent Director,
Member of the Nomination Committee,
Member of the Compensation Committee,
Member of the Audit Committee

Yasuyuki Abe
(Born on Apr. 17, 1952)

  • Number of years in office of the Director of the Company
    New
  • Number of shares of the Company held
    0 share
  • Number of attendances to the Board meetings
Apr. 1977Joined Sumitomo Corporation
Jun. 2002Representative Director and President of Sumisho Electronics Co., Ltd. (present SCSK Corporation)
Apr. 2005Representative Director and President of Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (present SCSK Corporation)
Jun. 2009Representative Director, Managing Executive Officer, General Manager, Financial & Logistics Business Unit of Sumitomo Corporation
Apr. 2010Representative Director, Managing Executive Officer, General Manager, New Industry Development & Cross-function Business Unit of Sumitomo Corporation
Apr. 2011Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, General Manager, New Industry Development & Cross-function Business Unit, General Manager, Financial Service Division of Sumitomo Corporation
Apr. 2013Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, General Manager, Corporate Planning & Coordination Group of Sumitomo Corporation
Jun. 2015Advisor of Sumitomo Corporation (retired in June 2018)
Important positions of other companies concurrently held
Advisor of ORANGE AND PARTNERS CO., LTD.
Outside Director of SUBARU CORPORATION
Reason for the selection for Director
Mr. Abe was primarily engaged in the electric power, machinery, and information fields at Sumitomo Corporation, a general trading company. After stationed twice in the United States, he served as representative director and president of the company’s electronics and information related subsidiaries. Subsequently, as a representative director of Sumitomo Corporation, he was engaged in the company’s financial, logistics and new business development. The Company’s Nomination Committee has judged that he will contribute to the Board of Directors of the Company through his wide-ranging experience at the general trading company, his global mindset cultivated over the years of stay in the United States, his business experience nurtured as a representative director and president, and his experience as an independent director gained at other companies after leaving Sumitomo Corporation.
Hiroshi Suzuki

Director, Representative Executive Officer,
President & CEO,
Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Hiroshi Suzuki
(Born on Aug. 31, 1958)

  • Number of years in office of the Director of the Company
    28 years
  • Number of shares of the Company held
    84,980 shares
  • Number of attendances to the Board meetings
    9/9 times (100%)
Apr. 1985Joined the Company
Jun. 1993Director of the Company
Jun. 1997Managing Director of the Company
Apr. 1999Managing Director of the Company, President of Electro Optics Company
Jun. 1999Executive Managing Director of the Company
Jun. 2000Representative Director, President & CEO of the Company
Jun. 2003Director, Representative Executive Officer, President & CEO of the Company (present post)
Dec. 2011Chief Representative of Singapore Branch of the Company (present post)
Important positions of other companies concurrently held
Outside Director of KIOXIA Holdings Corporation (former Toshiba Memory Holdings Corporation)
Reason for the selection for Director
Mr. Suzuki serves as the driving force of the management of the HOYA Group as Director and Representative Executive Officer President & CEO, and gives appropriate explanations and reports on strategies based on portfolio management at the meetings of the Board of Directors. He also supervises the execution of operations by other Executive Officers and adequately fulfills his role as Executive Officer and Director. In consideration of his achievements as Director to date, the Company’s Nomination Committee expects that he will continue to endeavor to enhance the corporate value of the Company.