Directors

Responsibilities of Directors

Director Title Outside Director
(notification to the stock exchange)
Nominating and Compensation Committee
(optional committee)
Akio Nitori Representative Director & Chairperson  
Toshiyuki Shirai Representative Director & President  
Fumihiro Sudo Director,
Executive Officer & Vice President
   
Fumiaki Matsumoto Director,
Executive Officer & Vice President
   
Masanori Takeda Director,
General Manager of Global Merchandising Division General Manager of Global Sales Promotion Office in charge of Overseas Sales Business
   
Hiromi Abiko Director,
General Manager of HR Education Division
   
Takaaki Okano Director    
Sadayuki Sakakibara Outside Director  
Yoshihiko Miyauchi Outside Director  
Naoko Yoshizawa Outside Director
Takao Kubo Director
Full-time Member of Audit& Supervisory Committee
   
Yoshiyuki Izawa Outside Director
Audit & Supervisory Committee Member
(Chairperson)
Hisayoshi Ando Outside Director
Audit & Supervisory Committee Member

(As of May 19, 2022)

Akio Nitori

Akio Nitori

Representative Director & Chairperson

Born on March 5, 1944

Career summary
Mar. 1972 Founded the Company, Senior Managing Director
May 1978 Representative Director & President of the Company
Feb. 2003
  • Director of Marumitsu Co., Ltd. (currently Nitori Furniture Co., Ltd.)
Nov. 2009 Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Public Co., Ltd.
May 2010 Chairperson of DECOHOME CHINA Co., Ltd.
Aug. 2010
  • Representative Director & President of Nitori Co., Ltd.
  • Representative Director & President of Home Logistics Co., Ltd.
Aug. 2011 Representative Director & President of Nitori Facility Co., Ltd.
May 2012 Director & Chairperson of Nitori USA, Inc.
May 2014
  • Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Co., Ltd. (current position)
  • Representative Director & Chairperson of Home Logistics Co., Ltd.
  • Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Facility Co., Ltd.
Feb. 2016 Representative Director & Chairperson (CEO) of the Company (current position)
May 2016 Outside Director of KOHNAN SHOJI CO., LTD. (current position)
June 2016 Chairperson of NITORI (CHINA) HOLDING Co., Ltd.
Mar. 2017 Director & Senior Advisor of Nitori Public Co., Ltd.
May 2017 Director & Senior Advisor of Home Logistics Co., Ltd. (current position)
Outside Director of IZUMI Co., Ltd. (current position)
Apr. 2018 Director & Senior Advisor of HOME DECO CO., LTD. (current position)
Dec. 2018 Director & Founder of N Plus Co., Ltd.
Feb. 2020 Representative Director & Chairperson of N Plus Co., Ltd. (current position)
Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Furniture Co., Ltd. (current position)
Mar. 2020 Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Public Co., Ltd. (current position)
Apr. 2020 Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Digital Base Co., Ltd. (current position)Reason for appointment
Reason for appointment
Mr. Nitori founded the Company in 1972, and since then, aiming to achieve the Company’s Roman (vision), “to provide the foundation of prosperous home living to the global community,” and while always making the most of his excellent foresight and strong leadership, has led Nitori to grow from being one furniture store to one of the largest home furnishing chains in Japan. He is qualified as a director responsible for making decisions on management policies, corporate strategy and supervisory functions regarding business execution.

Toshiyuki Shirai

Toshiyuki Shirai

Representative Director & President

Born on December 21, 1955

Career summary
Apr. 1979 Joined the Company
May 2001 Director of the Company
May 2004 Managing Director of the Company
May 2008 Senior Managing Director of the Company
May 2010 Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer of the Company
Aug. 2010
  • Director of Nitori Co., Ltd.
  • Director of Home Logistics Co., Ltd.
Dec. 2010 Director & General Manager of Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
May 2012 Director of Nitori USA, Inc.
May 2014
  • Representative Director & Executive Vice President of the Company
  • Representative Director & President of Nitori Co., Ltd.
  • Representative Director & President of Home Logistics Co., Ltd.
  • Representative Director & President of Nitori Facility Co., Ltd.
Mar. 2015 Representative Director & President of Nitori Public Co., Ltd.
May 2015 Representative Director & Chairperson of Home Logistics Co., Ltd.
Feb. 2016 Representative Director & President of the Company (current position)
Mar. 2017 Representative Director & Chairperson of Nitori Public Co., Ltd.
Chairperson of NITORI (CHINA) HOLDING Co., Ltd.
Representative Director & Chairperson of HOME DECO CO., LTD.
Apr. 2017 Chairperson of Nitori Taicang Trading & Logistics Co. Ltd.
June 2017 External Director of KATITAS Co., Ltd. (current position)
Dec. 2018 Director of N Plus Co., Ltd. (current position)
Mar. 2019 Director of NITORI FURNITURE Co., Ltd. (current position)
Feb. 2020 Director of Nitori Co., Ltd. (current position)
Chairperson of SIAM NITORI CO., LTD. (Thailand)
Mar. 2020 Director of Nitori Public Co., Ltd. (current position)
July 2020 Director of Home Logistics Co., Ltd. (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr. Shirai has had a broad range of business experience such as being involved in store operations, personnel, product development, logistics, and overseas business, and has abundant experience and knowledge related to overall management of the Group gained from serving positions such as Representative Director & President of Nitori Co., Ltd. from May 2014 to February 2020, and Representative Director &President of the Company from February 2016.

Fumihiro Sudo

Fumihiro Sudo

Director, Executive Officer & Vice President

Born on May 5, 1956

Career summary
Mar. 1979 Joined SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Sept. 2000 Representative Director of KANSAI SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Apr. 2001 Joined the Company
May 2005 Executive Officer of the Company
May 2008 Managing Director of the Company
May 2010 Managing Executive Officer & General Manager of Store Development Division of the Company
May 2014 Senior Managing Director & General Manager of Store Development Division of the Company
Aug. 2018 Director & Vice President, General Manager of Store Development Division of the Company
Apr. 2019 Director & Vice President, in charge of Store Development and National Sales Business of the Company
May 2019 Director of Nitori Co., Ltd. (current position)
Feb. 2020 Director, Executive Officer & Vice President of the Company(current position)General Manager of Business System Improvement Office
Jan. 2021 Chairperson, SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Mar. 2021 Chairperson and Representative Director of SHIMACHU CO., LTD. (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr. Sudo has abundant business experience, including store development operations, and has abundant experience and knowledge related to overall management gained from serving positions such as Vice President from August 2018. As the Chairperson and Representative Director of SHIMACHU CO., LTD., he is currently tasked with executing a smooth integration of business and creating synergies that would maximize the corporate value of both companies.

Fumiaki Matsumoto

Fumiaki Matsumoto

Director, Executive Officer & Vice President

Born on December 8, 1958

Career summary
Apr. 1981 Joined NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
Aug. 2008 President of Nissan Motor Ibèrica, S.A., (Spain)
Apr. 2010 President of Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company(China)
Apr. 2014 Executive Vice President of NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. (Corporate Officer)
Jun. 2014 Director of NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
Sept. 2018 Joined the Company
Executive Officer & Vice President of the Company
Nov. 2018 Executive Officer & Vice President, Project Leader of Japan-China Global Business Development Project of the Company
Apr. 2019 Executive Officer & Vice President of the Company, in charge of Overseas Sales
Business and Logistics Division
May 2019 Director & Vice President, Project Leader of Japan-China Global Business Development Project of the Company, in charge of Overseas Sales Business and Logistics Division
Feb. 2020 Director, Executive Officer & Vice President, General Manager of Global Sales Promotion Office of the Company, in charge of Overseas Sales Business and Logistics Division
July 2020 Director, Executive Officer & Vice President of the Company (current position) Representative Director & Chairperson of Home Logistics Co., Ltd. (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr.Matsumoto has abundant experience and knowledge in the global manufacturing/production control and sales business, as well as overall corporate management, and has been in charge of promoting logistics business of the Company on a global scale as Vice President since September 2018.

Masanori Takeda

Masanori Takeda

Director
General Manager of Global Merchandising Division
General Manager of Global Sales Promotion Office In charge of Overseas Sales Business

Born on Januery 10, 1966

Career summary
Mar. 2004 Joined the Company
May 2014 Executive Officer of the Company
Merchandising Manager of Furniture Department of Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
Oct. 2015 Executive Officer of the Company
General Manager of Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
May 2016 Senior Executive Officer of the Company
General Manager of Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
May 2017 Managing Director of the Company
Managing Director & General Manager of Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
Aug. 2018 Director & General Manager of Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
Oct. 2018 Managing Director & General Manager of Global Merchandising Division of the Company
Dec. 2018 Representative Director & President of N Plus Co., Ltd.
Apr. 2019 Managing Director, in charge of Global Product Development, Inventory Control, Procurement Division and Deco Home Business of the Company
Feb. 2020 Director & General Manager of Global Merchandising Division of the Company
Representative Director & President of Nitori Co., Ltd. (current position)
July 2020 Director & General Manager of Global Merchandising Division, General Manager of Global Sales Promotion Office of the Company (current position)
In charge of Overseas Sales Business (current position)
Representative Director & Chairperson of HOME DECO CO., LTD. (current position)
Chairperson of NITORI (CHINA) HOLDING Co., Ltd. (current position)
Chairperson of Nitori Taicang Trading & Logistics Co. Ltd. (current position)
Chairperson of SIAM NITORI CO., LTD. (Thailand) (current position)
Reasons for the appointment for Director:
Mr. Takeda has abundant business experience and keen business insight owing to his broad experience in major operations of the Store Operations Division, Recruitment Division, and Merchandising Division, etc. and contributes to the promotion of product development and the expansion of overseas product procurement and sales channels as Director & General Manager of Global Merchandising Division of the Company. In addition, he assumed the position as Representative Director & President of Nitori Co., Ltd. from February 2020.

Hiromi Abiko

Director
General Manager of HR Education Division

Born on February 13,1961

Career summary
Nov. 1984 Joined the Company
May 2007 Seasonal Buyer Manager of Merchandising Division of the Company
July 2015 Executive Officer of the Company
Manager of Coordinated Merchandise Planning Section, Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
May 2017 Senior Executive Officer of the Company
Manager of Coordinated Merchandise Planning Section, Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
Nov. 2018 Senior Executive Officer, in charge of Global Coordinated Merchandise Planning, Global Merchandising Division of the Company
Acting General Manager of Merchandising Division and Manager of Coordinated Merchandise Planning Section,Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
Feb. 2019 Senior Executive Officer, in charge of Coordinated Merchandise Planning, Global Merchandising Division of the Company
Manager of Planning Group, Merchandising Division, and Manager of Coordinated Product Planning Section,Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
May 2020 Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Coordinated Merchandise Planning, Global Merchandising Division of the Company Manager of Planning Group, Merchandising Division, and Manager of Coordinated Product Planning Section, Merchandising Division of Nitori Co., Ltd.
Mar. 2021 Managing Executive Officer & General Manager of HR Education Division of the Company
May 2021 Director & General Manager of HR Education Division of the Company (current position)
Reason for appointment
Ms.Abiko has abundant business experience and insight gained from her extensive work experience in the planning, development and coordination of products as well as her engagement in the activities of the Diversity Promotion Committee. The candidate is also currently responsible for promoting HR education and cultivating corporate culture towards achieving the medium- to long-term plan of the Company.

Takaaki Okano

Director

Born on December 25, 1972

Career summary
July 2003 Joined SHIMACHU HOME’S CO., LTD.
Sept. 2007 Joined SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Aug. 2009 General Manager of Furniture Sales Department of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Mar. 2010 General Manager of Furniture Product Department of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
July 2012 General Manager of Human Resources Department of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Sept. 2013 Executive Officer & General Manager of Human Resources Department of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Nov. 2014 Director & General Manager of Human Resources Department of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Sept. 2015 Director & General Manager of General Affairs Department of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Aug. 2017 Director & General Manager of President’s Office of SHIMACHU CO., LTD.
Nov. 2017 President and Representative Director of SHIMACHU CO., LTD. (current position)
May 2021 Director of the Company (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr.Okano has abundant experience and deep insight gained from his engagement in sales and administrative divisions at SHIMACHU CO., LTD., and has also displayed his capability for overall management as its President and Representative Director since November 2017. Believing that he will continue to be needed to achieve a smooth integration of the management of SHIMACHU CO., LTD. and the Company.

Sadayuki Sakakibara

Sadayuki Sakakibara

Outside Director
*Independent Outside Director

Born on March 22, 1943

Career summary
Apr. 1967 Joined Toyo Rayon Co., Ltd.(currently Toray Industries, Inc.)
June 2002 President and Representative Member of the Board of Toyo Rayon Co., Ltd.
June 2010 Chairman and Representative Member of the Board of Toyo Rayon Co., Ltd.
Outside Director of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
June 2012 Outside Director of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation(current position)
June 2013 Outside Director of Hitachi, Ltd.
June 2014 Chairman of Japan Business Federation(Keidanren)
Chairman of the Board of Toray Industries, Inc.
June 2018 Honorary Chairman of Japan Business Federation (Keidanren)(current position)
Mar. 2019 Outside Director of SHIMANO INC.(current position)
May 2019 Outside Director of the Company (current position)
Dec. 2019 Outside Director of Japan Investment Corporation (current position)
June 2020 Outside Director and Chairman of the Board of The Kansai Electric Power Company, Incorporated (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr.Sakakibara has abundant experience and deep insight gained from his extensive years of engaging in management of Toray Industries, Inc. and has served in important positions such as Chairman of Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). He has been actively expressing his opinions as to the strengthening of overall management at meetings of the Board of Directors of the Company and playing his proper role as an Outside Director in the supervision of business execution.
For these reasons, We believing that he will contribute to further enhancement of our corporate governance by providing appropriate supervision and useful advice for the Company’s overall management.
Tenure as Outside Director :3 years (at the conclusion of the 50th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders)

Yoshihiko Miyauchi

Yoshihiko Miyauchi

Outside Director
*Independent Outside Director

Born on September 13,1935

Career summary
Aug. 1960 Joined Nichimen & Co., Ltd. (currently Sojitz Corporation)
Apr. 1964 Joined Orient Leasing Co., Ltd. (currently ORIX Corporation)
Mar. 1970 Director of Orient Leasing Co., Ltd.
Dec. 1980 Representative Executive Officer,President and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Leasing Co., Ltd., Group CEO
Apr. 2000 Representative Executive Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Corporation, Group CEO
June 2003 Director, Representative Executive Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ORIX Corporation, Group CEO
Apr. 2006 Outside Director of ACCESS CO., Ltd. (current position)
June 2014 Senior Chairman of ORIX Corporation (current position)
June 2017 Outside Director of Calbee, Inc. (current position)
Oct. 2019 Outside Director of RAKSUL INC. (current position)
May 2020 Outside Director of the Company (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr.Miyauchi has abundant experience and deep insight in corporate management gained from his extensive years of engaging in management of ORIX Corporation. He has been actively expressing his opinions on our medium- to long-term plan, management strategy, and other matters, at meetings of the Board of Directors of the Company and playing his proper role as an Outside Director in the supervision of business execution. For these reasons, We believing that he will continue to provide appropriate supervision for the business execution of the Company and useful advice from a broader perspective for the Company’s overall management.
Tenure as Outside Director: 2 year (at the conclusion of the 50th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders)

Naoko Yoshizawa

Outside Director*Independent Outside Director

Born on May 29, 1964

Career summary
Aug. 1988 Joined Fujitsu Limited
Sept. 2009 Vice President of Mobile Phones Unit of Fujitsu Limited
Oct. 2011 Head of Global Research & Development Center of Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc.
Apr. 2016 Deputy Head of Advanced System Research & Development Unit and Head of AI Promotion Office of Fujitsu Limited
Apr. 2017 Corporate Executive Officer and Head of AI Platform Business Unit of Fujitsu Limited
Apr. 2018 Corporate Executive Officer, EVP and Vice Head of Digital Services Business of Fujitsu Limited
Sept. 2018 Corporate Executive Officer, EVP of Fujitsu Limited, CEO of FUJITSU Intelligence Technology Ltd.
Nov. 2019 Corporate Executive Officer, EVP and Evangelist of Digital Software & Solutions Business Group of Fujitsu Limited
May 2021 Outside Director of the Company (current position)
June 2021 Outside Director of Yamaha Corporation (current position)
Reason for appointment
Ms.Yoshizawa has extensive insight and experience in corporate management gained from her years of holding key positions in a range of business fields at Fujitsu Limited, including driving the company’s DX (digital transformation). We believing that she will make use of her insight and experience to contribute to improving the Company’s IT readiness for promoting DX as well as to provide appropriate supervision and useful advice for the Company’s overall management, and thereby appropriately exercise her duties as an Outside Director.
Tenure as Outside Director: 1 year (at the conclusion of the 50th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders)

Takao Kubo

Takao Kubo

Director
Audit & Supervisory Committee Member (full-time)

Born on January 14, 1946

Career summary
Dec. 1977 Joined the Company
Feb. 1989 General Manager of Management Policy Office of the Company
May 1993 Full-time Corporate Auditor of the Company
May 2001 Director & General Manager of Management Planning Office of the Company
Apr. 2003 Director & General Manager of President’s Office of the Company
May 2004 Full-time Corporate Auditor of the Company
Aug. 2010
  • Corporate Auditor of Nitori Co., Ltd. (current position)
  • Corporate Auditor of Home Logistics Co., Ltd. (current position)
May 2016 Director (Full-time Member of Audit & Supervisory Committee) of the Company (current position)
Apr. 2021 Corporate Auditor of SHIMACHU Co., LTD (current position)
Reason for appointment
Mr. Kubo has considerable knowledge regarding finance and accounting and has abundant experience covering the overall management gained form serving positions of Director & Corporate Auditor as the Company.

Takaharu Ando

Yoshiyuki Izawa

Outside Director
*Independent Outside Director
Audit & Supervisory Committee Member (Chairperson)

Born on February 10, 1948

Career summary
Apr. 1970 Joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Sept. 1997 President of MITSUI & CO. DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
June 2000 Director and General Manager of Informative Industry Division of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
June 2004 Executive Managing Officer and General Manager of Osaka Office of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Apr. 2007 Senior Executive Managing Officer of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
June 2007 Representative Director, Senior Executive Managing Officer of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Apr. 2008 Representative Director, Executive Vice President of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Dec. 2009 President and Representative Executive Officer of JAPAN POST BANK Co., Ltd.
May 2015 Representative Director & Chairperson of BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd.
Apr. 2021 Chairperson of the Board of BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd.
Reason for appointment
Mr. Izawa has abundant experience and deep insight in management gained from his extensive years of engaging in management of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. In addition, based on the knowledge gained while leading the management of BlackRock Japan Co., Ltd., we believe that he will provide useful advice on our corporate governance system and compliance system not only from the perspective of a manager but also from the perspective of an investor.

Kazuhiro Suzuki

Hisayoshi Ando

Outside Director
*Independent Outside Director
Audit and Supervisory Committee Member

Born on April 24, 1960

Career summary
Apr. 1983 Joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry
July 2005 Head of Iron and Steel Division of Manufacturing Industries Bureau of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
July 2007 Head of Secretariat General Policy Division, Commissioner of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
July 2008 Head of Economic and Industrial Policy Division of Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Dec. 2008 Head of Policy Planning and Coordination Division of Minister's Secretariat of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Sept. 2009 Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister
July 2010 Head of Natural Resources and Fuel Department of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
June 2013 Head of Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
July 2015 Director-General of Commerce and Information Policy Bureau of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
July 2017 Commissioner of Small and Medium Enterprise Agency of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
July 2019 Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
July 2021 Retired from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Reason for appointment
Mr. Ando has held important positions including Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and we believe that his abundant experience and professional insight will be utilized to strengthen our corporate governance and compliance system. Although he has never directly taken part in corporate management, he is expected to fulfill his duties as Outside Director appropriately for the reason above.

  • Note1:The Company has introduced an executive officer system to clearly separate management’s decision-making function and business execution function for more efficient and expedited management and to respond to changes in the business environment promptly and appropriately. The Company has the following 27 executive officers:
Executive Vice President:Fumihiro Sudo, Fumiaki Matsumoto
Managing Executive Officers:Mitsuru Oki,Manabu Nakamura,Hiroshi Nagai,Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Junichi Yoshima
Senior Executive Officers:Isao Arai,Tsuyoshi Okamura,Hiroki Murabayashi,Yoshihisa Sato,Kenichiro Aoya
Executive Officers:Tadashi Kudo,Soichi Oda,Akio Igarashi,Eri Ablet,Toshinao Matsushima,Ei Sugiura,
Harumi Sawai,Akihiro Kushida,Koichiro Oshima,Tadahiro Hosokawa,Kazuya Orimoto,
Toshinori Arai,Masaomi Zenji,Kazuya Tsukada
As of May 21,2022

The forecasts and projected operating results contained in this report are based on information available at the time of preparation, and thus involve inherent risks and uncertainties.
Accordingly, readers are cautioned that actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of a variety of factors.

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