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Kao Changes Executive Officers and Corporate Executive Fellows

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The changes will be in effect as of January 1, 2021.

Kao Corporation has announced changes of its executive officers and corporate executive fellows as of January 1, 2021.

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Michitaka Sawada, representative director, president and CEO, will be director, chair.

Yoshihiro Hasebe, representative director, senior managing executive officer, will be representative director, president and CEO.

Current executive officers to be promoted

  • Hideaki Kubo, currently the executive officer; vice president research and development, global; responsible for research and development core technology

  • Toru Nishiguchi, currently the executive officer, president, consumer products, Asia; chairman of the board and president, Kao (China) Holding Co., Ltd.; chairman of the board and president, Kao Corporation Shanghai; chairman of the board, Kao Commercial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.; chairman of the board and president, Kao (Hefei) Co., Ltd.

Executive officers to be newly elected

  • Mami Murata, currently vice president, consumer products marketing emergence, global; vice president, consumer products marketing emergence brand management development, global

  • Natsumi Hotta, currently president, consumer products home care business, global

  • Akira Shimotoyodome, currently, president, consumer products health and wellness business, global

Corporate executive fellow to be newly elected

  • Akemi Ishiwata, treated as the same as the company’s executive officer

Corporate executive fellow to retire

  • Takuji Yasukawa

Executive officer to retire

  • Akemi Ishiwata, currently executive officer; senior vice president, corporate communications, global

Executive Officers and Corporate Executive Fellows as of January 1, 2021

  • President and CEO, Yoshihiro Hasebe, responsible for human capital development

  • Senior managing executive officer, Toshiaki Takeuchi, representative director, president, Kao Group Customer Marketing Co., Ltd.

Managing executive officers

  • Tomoharu Matsuda, president, consumer products, global; responsible for Kao Professional Services Co., Ltd.

  • Shigeru Ueyama, senior vice president, corporate strategy, global

  • Masakazu Negoro, senior vice president, procurement, global; responsible for accounting and finance

  • Osamu Tabata, senior vice president, supply chain management, global; responsible for TCR promotion

  • Yoshihiro Murakami, president, consumer products cosmetics business, global; senior vice president, consumer products-DX co-creation, global; representative director, president, Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.; chairman of the board, Molton Brown Limited

  • Hideaki Kubo, senior vice president, research and development, global

  • Toru Nishiguchi, president, consumer products, Asia; responsible for consumer products-Merries Business; chairman of the board and president, Kao (China) Holding Co., Ltd.; chairman of the board and president, Kao Corporation Shanghai; chairman of the board, Kao Commercial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.; chairman of the board, Kanebo Cosmetics (China) Co., Ltd.; chairman of the board and president, Kao (Hefei) Co., Ltd.

Executive Officers

  • Satoru Tanaka, president, consumer products, Americas and EMEA; chairman of the board, Kao USA Inc.; chairman of the board, OribeHair Care, LLC

  • Kenichi Yamauchi, senior vice president, accounting and finance, global; president, Kao America Inc.

  • Ryoichi Harada, senior vice president, enterprise information solutions, global

  • Hiroaki Taki, senior vice president, consumer products-marketing emergence, global

  • David J. Muenz, senior vice president, ESG, global

  • Akio Matsui, senior vice president, human capital development, global; president, Kao Group Corporate pension fund; chairman of the board, Kao America Inc.

  • Hideichi Nitta, vice president, supply chain management-demand and supply planning center, global

  • Masahiro Katayose, president, chemical business, global; chairman of the board, Fatty Chemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; chairman of the board, Philippians Kao, Inc.; chairman of the board, Kao Chemicals Europe, S.L.

  • Shigeo Nakai, vice president, research and development-performance chemicals research, global; responsible for research and development-environmental new business

  • Hideki Mamiya, representative director, senior managing executive officer, Kao Group customer marketing Co., Ltd.
  • Masaru Takeyasu, senior vice president, legal and compliance, global

  • Hiroaki Yamaguchi, vice president, supply chain management-manufacturing plant center, global

  • Atsushi Koizumi, senior vice president, consumer products-business planning and management, global. 

  • Kotaro Nuriya, president, consumer products-health and beauty care business, gloabal. 

  • Motomitsu Hasumi, vice president, research and development-household products research, global; responsible for research and development-consumer products technology 

  • Mami Murata, vice president, corporate strategy-strategic public relations, global

  • Natsumi Hotta, president, consumer products-hygiene and living care business, global

  • Akira Shimotoyodome, president, consumer products-life care business, global.

Corporate Executive Fellows

  • Yoshinori Takema

  • Masumi Natsusak

  • Akemi Ishiwata

  • Yuji Furui

  • Hiroshi Maruyama

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