Corporate Data

Directors, Auditors and Corporate Executive Officers

Representative Director, Chairman of the Board Norio Yamaguchi
Profile
Date of Birth
August 20, 1943
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2009
Representative Director & Chairman of the Board
June 2005
Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Officer
June 2003
Representative Director & Corporate Senior Vice President
June 2001
Managing Director
October 2000
Member of the Board
Vice President, Ajinomoto Frozen Foods Co., Inc.
June 1997
Member of the Board
General Manager, Frozen Foods Dept.
July 1991
General Manager, Seasonings Dept.
April 1967
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1967
graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo.
Current board memberships and other positions
Chairman, Food Industry Division, Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Area Policies, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Advisor, Consumer Affairs Agency
Governing Council member, Japan External Trade Organization
Chairman, Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation
Chairman, Japan Management Association
Chairman, Japan Travel and Tourism Association
Vice Chairman, International Friendship Exchange Council
Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Officer Masatoshi Ito
Profile
Date of Birth
September 12, 1947
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2009
Representative Director, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
August 2006
Representative Director, Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President
President, Food Products Company, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
April 2003
Representative Director, President, Ajinomoto Frozen Foods Co., Inc.
June 1999
Member of the Board
April 1971
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1971
Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Keio University
Current board memberships and other positions
Vice Chairman of the Board of Councillors, KEIDANREN
Chairman, Japan Frozen Food Association
President, Association for the Safety of Imported Food, Japan
Trustee, Nippon Life Insurance Company
The Advisory Board, Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd
A Member of the Board, The Consumer Goods Forum
Representative Director, Member of the Board & Corporate Executive Deputy President Yutaka Kunimoto (Management of Technology & Production, Environment & Safety)
Profile
Date of Birth
May 7, 1948
Place of Birth
Hyogo, Japan
Career
June 2011
Representative Director, Member of the Board & Corporate Executive Deputy President
June 2009
Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President
May 2007
Member of the Board
President & Chief Executive Officer, Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd.
May 2007
Member of the Board
General Manager & Bangkok Office General Manager, Asean Division
June 2005
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
April 2002
Member of the Board
Vice President, Global Foods and Amino Acid Company
General Manager, Amino Acid Business
June 2001
Member of the Board
General Manager, Amino Science Business
July 1997
Member of the Board & Vice President, Ajinomoto Interamericana (Current Ajinomoto do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos Ltda.)
April 1975
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1975
completed the Master's Course, Graduate School of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo
Members of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice Presidents Tamotsu Iwamoto (Internal Auditing; Secretarial Office; General Affairs & Risk Management.; Human Resources; Legal; Public Communications)
Profile
Date of Birth
September 25, 1950
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2011
Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President
June 2009
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
June 2005
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Personnel Dept.
July 2001
General Manager, Ho Chi Minh Office President, Ajinomoto Vietnam Co., Ltd.
April 1974
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1974
graduated from the Faculty of Law, Hitotsubashi University
Koji Igarashi (Business Strategy and Development)
Profile
Date of Birth
November 20, 1954
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President
June 2011
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
June 2009
Corporate Executive Officer,
General Manager, Corporate Planning Dept.
June 2007
Corporate Executive Officer Vice President, Amino Acids Company
July 2005
Manager, Production Control Center
April 2002
Senior Vice President, Technology Management, Ajinomoto U.S.A., Inc.
April 1980
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1980
completed the Master’s Course, Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Current board memberships and other positions
Councilor, Japanese Society for Amino Acid Sciences
Vice Chairman, Japan Institute of Information Technology (IT Institute)
Members of the Board & Corporate Vice Presidents Hiromichi Ono (Finance; CSR; Group Procurement Center)
Profile
Date of Birth
August 11, 1956
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2011
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
June 2007
Corporate Executive Officer
March 2004
General Manager, Finance Dept.
April 1979
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1979
graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University
Etsuhiro Takato (General Manager, Asean Division)
Profile
Date of Birth
February 6, 1957
Place of Birth
Kanagawa, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
General Manager & Bangkok Office General Manager, Asean Division
President, Ajinomoto (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
June 2009
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Latin America Division
President, Ajinomoto do Brasil Ind. e Com. de Alimentos Ltda.
April 2008
General Manager, Food Ingredients Dept.
July 2007
General Manager, Industrial Umami Seasonings Dept.
April 2001
General Manager, Jakarta Office, Asean Division
President, P.T. Ajinomoto Indonesia
April 1979
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1979
Graduated from the Faculty of Commerce and Management, Hitotsubashi University
Hideaki Shinada (General Manager, Food Products Division; Management of Domestic Sales of Food Products; Logistics Planning; Advertising; Affiliates Business Management)
Profile
Date of Birth
June 12, 1956
Place of Birth
Hokkaido, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
General Manager, Food Products Division
June 2011
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Consumer Foods & Seasonings Dept.
June 2009
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Tokyo Branch
July 2006
General Manager, Processed Foods Dept.
July 2004
General Manager, Kyushu Branch
July 2001
Member of the Board, Ajinomoto Frozen Foods Co., Inc. General Manager, Consumer Foods & Seasonings Dept.
April 1980
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1980
graduated from the Department of Economics, Faculty of Commerce, Otaru University of Commerce
Current board memberships and other positions
Chairman, Japan Soup Association
Vice Chairman, National Association of class mayonnaise dressing
Director, Japan Audit Bureau of Circulations
Vice Chief Director, Japan Advertising Review Organization, Inc.
Director, Japan Marketing Association
Takeshi Kimura (Management of R&D; Quality Assurance & External Scientific Affairs; Intellectual Property; Wellness Business)
Profile
Date of Birth
June 2, 1956
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
October 2010
General Manager, R&D Planning Dept.
June 2009
Corporate Executive Officer
July 2005
General Manager, Quality Assurance & External Scientific Affairs Dept.
April 1989
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
July 1984
joined the National Institute of Health, USA
Education
June 1984
Completed the doctoral course at King’s College London
Current board memberships and other positions
Director, Global Collaboration Center for Life Innovation
Japanese committee member, APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security
Trustee, International Life Sciences Institute
Trustee, International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation
Senior Advisor, Global Glutamic Acid Technical Committee
Takaaki Nishii (General Manager, Latin America Division)
Profile
Date of Birth
December 27, 1959
Place of Birth
Nara, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
General Manager & Sao Paulo Office General Manager, Latin America Division
May 2013
President, Ajinomoto do Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos Ltda.
June 2011
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Personnel Dept.
July 2009
General Manager, Personnel Dept.
June 2004
Member of the Board, Ajinomoto Frozen Foods Co., Inc. General Manager, Consumer Foods & Seasonings Dept.
April 1982
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1982
graduated from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University
Masaya Tochio (Corporate Planning; Information System Planning; Pharmaceutical Business Management)
Profile
Date of Birth
August 8, 1959
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
June 2011
Corporate Executive Officer,
General Manager, Corporate Planning Dept.
July 2007
General Manager, Overseas Food & Seasonings
April 1983
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1983
graduated from the Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University
Hiroshi Fukushi (General Manager, Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals Division)
Profile
Date of Birth
April 25, 1958
Place of Birth
Hokkaido, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
General Manager, Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals Division
June 2011
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Amino Acids Dept.
July 2009
General Manager, Amino Acids Dept.
July 2002
Member of the Board, Ajinomoto Co., (Thailand) Ltd.
July 2001
Manager, Research and Planning Group, Fermentation and Biotechnology Laboratories
April 1984
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
September 2004
Master of Business Administration at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia
March 1984
completed the Master's Course in Synthetic Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University
Current board memberships and other positions
Director, International Council on Amino Acid Science (ICAAS)
Members of the Board Takashi Nagamachi (President, AJINOMOTO PHARMACEUTICALS CO., LTD.)
Profile
Date of Birth
August 16, 1952
Place of Birth
Tokyo, Japan
Career
June 2013
Member of the Board
President & Chief Executive Officer, Ajinomoto Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
June 2011
Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President
General Manager, Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals Division
April 2010
Member of the Board (part time), Ajinomoto Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd.
June 2009
Member of the Board & Corporate Vice President
June 2007
Corporate Vice President
Vice President, Food Products Company
July 2003
Corporate Executive Officer
General Manager, Overseas Food Products Dept.
June 2003
Corporate Executive Officer
April 1975
joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd.
Education
March 1975
graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Keio University
Outside Director Sakie T. Fukushima (Outside Director)
Profile
Date of Birth
September 10, 1949
Place of Birth
Chiba, Japan
Career
June 2011
External Member of the Board, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
July 2010
President & Representative Director, G&S Global Advisors Inc.
May 2009
Chairman and Representative Director, Korn/Ferry International-Japan
September 2000
Managing Director and President, Korn/Ferry International-Japan
May 1995
Member of the Board, Korn/Ferry International U.S. Head Office
Education
1987
completed the Master of Business Administration course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
1978
completed the Master of Education course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
1974
completed the study in the postgraduate course in Japanese language teaching at the International Christian University Graduate School
1972
graduated the Department of English Literature, Faculty of Literature, Seisen University
Current board memberships and other positions
Member of Committee for National University Corporation Evaluation
Incorporated Administrative Agency Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Program For Leading Graduate Schools Ccommittee
Temporary members of The Subdivision on Universities of the Central Council for Education
External Member of the Board, Bridgestone Corporation
External Director, J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd
Mitsubishi Corporation Member of the Board
Yasuo Saito (Outside Director)
Profile
Date of Birth
January 5, 1948
Place of Birth
Okayama, Japan
Career
June 2012
External Member of the Board, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
May 2009
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France
April 2006
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Russia
May 2003
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Saudi Arabia
August 2001
Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
April 2000
Permanent Representative of the Japanese Government at UNESCO
August 1997
Consul-General of Japan in Atlanta
April 1971
joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Education
1971
Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1970
passed the Foreign Service examination while at the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law
Current board memberships and other positions
Senior Executive Board member, Japanese Olympic Committee
Standing Corporate Auditors Yasushi Akasaka
Shizuo Tanaka
Corporate Auditors Rieko Sato (Outside Auditor, Attorney-at-law)
Masato Tsukahara (Outside Auditor, Certified Public Accountant)
Kiyoshi Fujimura (Outside Auditor)
Corporate Vice President Tomoya Yoshizumi (General Manager, North America Division)
Hiroyuki Miyake (General Manager, Europe & Africa Division)
Osamu Kurahashi (Deputy General Manager, Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals Division; General Manager, Research Institute for Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals)
Toshihisa Kato (General Manager, Institute for Innovation)
Hajine Mizusawa (Deputy General Manager, Food Products Division; General Manager, Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies)
Makoto Murabayashi (Deputy General Manager, Food Products Division)
Kazuya Onomichi (General Manager, R&D Planning Dept.)
Corporate Executive Officers Alain Vrillon (President, AJINOMOTO FOODS EUROPE SAS)
Tomoya Yamamoto (General Manager, Tokai Plant)
Shinji Suzuki (General Manager, Wellness Business Division)
Tadanori Umezawa (Deputy General Manager, Food Products Division; Management of Domestic Sales of Food Products / East Japan;General Manager, Tokyo Branch)
Mitsunobu Suzumi (General Manager, China Division)
Shunichi Komatsu (General Manager, Sweeteners Dept.)
Chiaki Nosaka (General Manager, Technology Development Center, Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies)
Masaya Sugimori (Corporate Vice President, AJINOMOTO ANIMAL NUTRITION GROUP, Inc.)
Yoshimasa Yoshimiya (General Manager, Human Resources Dept.)
Eiji Majima (General Manager, Production Management Dept.)
Fuminao Hachiuma (General Manager, Food Service Dept.)
Hiroshi Motoyama (Management of Domestic Sales of Food Products / West Japan; General Manager, Osaka Branch)
Hideki Takeuchi (Corporate Vice President, AJINOMOTO FROZEN FOODS Co., Inc.)
Masahiro Tani (General Manager, Kyushu Plant)
Taro Fujie (General Manager, Manila Office, Asean Division)
Bercovici Daniel (President, AJINOMOTO EUROLYSINE S.A.S.)
Bompas George Gwinnett (General Manager, Pharmaceutical Custom Manufacturing Dept.)