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Leadership Team

Directors

Representative Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Itsuo Hama

Biography

Date of Birth

March 14, 1954

Career

April 1977 Joined Lion Fat & Oil Co., Ltd.
March 2008 Director, Executive General Manager of Household Products Division
January 2009 Director, Executive General Manager of Household Products Division, Responsible for Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute, Distribution Policy and Customer Development Department
January 2010 Director, Responsible for Health Care Products Division, Household Products Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute, Distribution Policy and Customer Development Department
March 2010 Executive Director, Responsible for Health Care Products Division, Household Products Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute, Distribution Policy and Customer Development Department
January 2012 Representative Director, President, Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Responsible for Risk Management
January 2014 Representative Director, President and CEO, Executive Officer
March 2016 Representative Director, President and CEO, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Executive Officer
March 2017 Representative Director, President and Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer
January 2019 Representative Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer
March 2022 Representative Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

External Director, Nichirei Corporation (Scheduled to take office in June 2022)

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Representative Director
President and Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

Masazumi Kikukawa

Biography

Date of Birth

October 26, 1959

Career

April 1984 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2010 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Household Products Division
January 2012 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division
March 2012 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Health and Home Care Products Business, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division, Responsible for Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute and Distribution Policy Department
January 2016 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Health and Home Care Products Division, Health and Home Care Products Sales Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Direct Marketing Division, Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute and Distribution Policy Department
March 2016 Executive Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Health and Home Care Products Division, Health and Home Care Products Sales Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Direct Marketing Division, Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute and Distribution Policy Department
March 2017 Director, Managing Executive Officer, Responsible for Health and Home Care Products Division, Health and Home Care Products Sales Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Direct Marketing Division, Advertising Department, Behavioral Science Research Institute and Distribution Policy Department
January 2018 Director, Managing Executive Officer, Responsible for Corporate Ethics, Direct Marketing Division, International Division and Overall Chemicals Businesses
March 2018 Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Responsible for Corporate Ethics, Direct Marketing Division, International Division and Overall Chemicals Businesses
January 2019 Representative Director, President and Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer
March 2022 Representative Director, President and Executive Officer,  Chief Executive Officer (current position)
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Director
Senior Executive Officer

Kenjiro Kobayashi

Biography

Date of Birth

December 18, 1962

Career

April 1987 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2009 Executive Officer, Director of Planning and Coordination Department, Health Care Products Division
January 2010 Senior Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of International Division
January 2012 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of International Division
March 2012 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Overall International Businesses, Executive General Manager of International Division
January 2014 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Overall International Businesses, Executive General Manager of International Division and Business Development Department I
January 2015 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Overall International Businesses, Executive General Manager of International Division and Director of Oleochemical Business Development Office, International Division
January 2016 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Secretary Department, Corporate Brand Promotion Office, System Department, General Affairs Department, Corporate Communication Center and CSR Promotion Department
January 2017 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Human Resources and General Affairs Headquarters, Secretary Department, Corporate Brand Promotion Office, System Department, Corporate Communication Center and CSR Promotion Department
March 2017 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Human Resources and General Affairs Headquarters, Secretary Department, Corporate Brand Promotion Office, System Department, Corporate Communication Center and CSR Promotion Department
January 2018 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Human Resources and General Affairs Headquarters, Secretary Department, CSV Promotion Department, System Department and Corporate Communication Center
January 2019 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Corporate Ethics, Human Resources and General Affairs Headquarters, Secretary Department, CSV Promotion Department, System Department, Corporate Communication Center and Business Process Re-engineering Department
January 2020 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Corporate Ethics, Human Resources Development Center, General Affairs Department, Secretary Department, CSV Promotion Department, System Department, Corporate Communication Center and Business Process Re-engineering Department
January 2021 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Corporate Ethics, Human Resources Development Center, General Affairs Department, Secretary Department, Sustainability Promotion Department, System Department and Business Process Re-engineering Department
January 2022 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Corporate Ethics, Human Resources Development Center, General Affairs Department, Management Support Department, Sustainability Promotion Department, System Department and Business Process Re-engineering Department (current position)
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Director
Senior Executive Officer

Yugo Kume

Biography

Date of Birth

October 1, 1961

Career

April 1984 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2011 Director of Oral Care Business Department, Health Care Products Division
January 2012 Executive General Manager of the Oral Care Business Department, Health and Home Care Products Division
January 2015 Assistant Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division
January 2016 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division
January 2018 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division, Responsible for Communication Design Department, Consumer Knowledge Center and Distribution Policy Department
March 2018 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Health and Home Care Products Sales Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Communication Design Department, Consumer Knowledge Center and Distribution Policy Department, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division
January 2019 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Direct Marketing Division, Communication Design Department and Consumer Knowledge Center, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division
January 2020 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Business Development Center, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Direct Marketing Division, Communication Design Department and Consumer Knowledge Center, Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division
January 2021 Director, Senior Executive Officer, Responsible for Business Development Center, Health & Home Care Products Division, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Direct Marketing Division and Corporate Communication Center (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

Representative, Lion Corporation (Thailand) Ltd.

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Director
Executive Officer

Fumitomo Noritake

Biography

Date of Birth

August 20, 1963

Career

April 1988 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2009 Director of Direct Marketing Business Department, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division, Director of Functional Food Business Office
January 2012 Director of Direct Marketing Business Department, Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division
January 2016 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Direct Marketing Division, Director of Sales Administration Department
January 2017 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Direct Marketing Division
January 2018 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Research and Development Headquarters
January 2019 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Research and Development Headquarters, Responsible for Overall Chemicals Businesses, Intellectual Property Department, and Safety and Disaster Prevention Promotion Department
March 2019 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Supply Chain Management Headquarters, Production Engineering Research Headquarters, Purchasing Headquarters, Production Headquarters, Overall Chemicals Businesses, Intellectual Property Department and Safety and Disaster Prevention Promotion Department, Executive General Manager of Research and Development Headquarters
January 2020 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Supply Chain Management Headquarters, Production Engineering Research Headquarters, Purchasing Headquarters, Research and Development Headquarters, Production Headquarters, Overall Chemicals Businesses, Intellectual Property Department and Safety and Disaster Prevention Promotion Department
January 2021 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Supply Chain Management Headquarters, Production Engineering Research Headquarters, Purchasing Headquarters, Research and Development Headquarters, Production Headquarters, Overall Chemicals Businesses, DX Promotion Department, Intellectual Property Department and Safety and Disaster Prevention Department
January 2022 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Supply Chain Management Planning Headquarters, Manufacturing Innovation Headquarters, Purchasing Headquarters, Research and Development Headquarters, Production and Logistics Headquarters, Overall Chemicals Businesses, DX Promotion Department, Intellectual Property Department and Safety and Disaster Prevention Department (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

Representative, Lion Corporation (Thailand) Ltd.

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Director
Executive Officer

Hitoshi Suzuki

Biography

Date of Birth

March 24, 1963

Career

April 1985 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2011 Director of Planning and Coordination Department, International Division
January 2012 Director of Business Development Department, International Division
January 2014 Assistant Executive General Manager of International Division and Director of Business Development Department II
January 2015 Assistant Executive General Manager of International Division and Director of New Area Development office
January 2016 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of International Division, Director of Oleochemical Business Development Office and New Area Development office
January 2017 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of International Division and Director of Strategic Planning Department
May 2017 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of International Division
March 2019 Senior Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of International Division
March 2021 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for International Division(current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

Representative, Lion Corporation (Thailand) Ltd.
Representative, Southern Lion Sdn. Bhd.

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Director
Executive Officer

Kengo Fukuda

Biography

Date of Birth

April 1, 1965

Career

April 1987 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2014 Director of Corporate Planning Department
January 2017 Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Corporate Strategy Headquarters
January 2020 Executive Officer, President of Lion Hygiene Co., Ltd.
January 2022 Senior Executive Officer, Assistant to the President (current position)
March 2022 Director, Executive Officer, Responsible for Risk Management, Corporate Planning Department, Finance Department, Consumer Service Center, Reliability Assurance Department and Legal Department (current position)
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External Director

Kazunari Uchida

Biography

Date of Birth

October 31, 1951

Career

January 1985 Joined Boston Consulting Group
June 2000 Representative for Japan, Boston Consulting Group
March 2006 External Auditor, Suntory Limited (now Suntory Holdings Limited)
April 2006 Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Waseda University (current position)
February 2012 External Auditor, Kewpie Corporation
June 2012 External Director, Lifenet Insurance Company
External Director, Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd
August 2012 External Director, Japan ERI Co., Ltd. (now ERI Holdings Co., Ltd.)
February 2015 External Director, Kewpie Corporation
March 2016 External Director, Lion Corporation (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

External Director, BROTHER INDUSTRIES, LTD.

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External Director

Takashi Shiraishi

Biography

Date of Birth

February 22, 1950

Career

June 1979 Assistant Professor, International Relations, Department of Humanities and Social Science, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
January 1996 Professor, Department of Asian Studies and Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University
July 1996 Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
April 2005 Professor and Vice President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
May 2007 President, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization
January 2009 Councilor, Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office
April 2011 President, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
January 2013 Member, Management Evaluation Committee (now the Advisory Committee), Lion Corporation
March 2017 External Director, Lion Corporation (current position)
April 2017 Special visiting professor, Ritsumeikan University
May 2017 Professor Emeritus, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (current position)
April 2018 Chancellor, Prefectural University of Kumamoto (current position)
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External Director

Takako Sugaya

Biography

Date of Birth

September 20, 1972

Career

October 2002 Registered as an attorney at law (Daini Tokyo Bar Association)
Joined Yamada Hideo Law Office (now the Yamada Ozaki Law Office) (current position)
April 2010 Associate Professor, Toin University of Yokohama Graduate School of Laws
June 2018 External Director, Haruyama Holdings, Inc.
March 2019 External Director, Lion Corporation (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

External Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Faith, Inc.
External Director, Kyokuto Securities Co., Ltd.

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External Director

Reiko Yasue

Biography

Date of Birth

January 26, 1968

Career

April 1991 Joined Nagoya Research Institute, Panasonic Information Systems Co., Ltd. (now Panasonic Advanced Technology Development Co., Ltd.)
December 1999 Joined Motorola, Inc.
June 2004 Joined SEVEN Networks, Inc.
September 2005 Joined Qualcomm, Inc.
July 2009 Joined FUJISOFT Inc.
April 2015 Managing Executive Officer, FUJISOFT Inc.
January 2018 Joined Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd., Executive Vice President
March 2018 Representative Director, Executive Vice President, Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.
March 2019 Representative Director, President & CEO, Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.
January 2020 Representative Director, President and Executive Officer, Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. (current position)
March 2021 External Director, Lion Corporation (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

Board Director (external), TOMY COMPANY, LTD.

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Note: Notification of the appointment of Mr. Kazunari Uchida,Mr. Takashi Shiraishi,Ms. Takako Sugaya and Ms. Reiko Yasue as independent directors has been sent to the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Audit & Supervisory Board Members

Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Toshiyuki Nikkawa

Biography

Date of Birth

January 29, 1961

Career

April 1984 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2008 Director of Planning and Coordination Department, Household Products Division
July 2010 Director of Planning and Coordination Department, Household Products Division, Director of Business Coordination Department
January 2011 Director of Corporate Planning Departments
January 2014 President of Lion Logistics Service Company, Ltd.
March 2019 Audit & Supervisory Board Member (current position)
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Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Yoshiaki Kamao

Biography

Date of Birth

December 2, 1961

Career

April 1985 Joined Lion Corporation
January 2011 Director of Finance Department
January 2017 Director of Finance Department, Corporate Strategy Headquarters
March 2019 Audit & Supervisory Board Member (current position)
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External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Takao Yamaguchi

Biography

Date of Birth

September 13, 1954

Career

October 1981 Joined Chuo Accounting Office Auditing Corporation
February 1985 Acquired Japanese CPA certification
September 1987 Entered Yamaguchi Accounting Office
December 1987 Acquired Japanese tax accountant certification
January 1996 Director, Yamaguchi Accounting Office (current position)
March 2015 Alternate Audit & Supervisory Board Member,Lion Corporation
March 2019 External Audit & Supervisory Board Member,Lion Corporation(current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

External Audit & Supervisory Board Member, SATO HOLDINGS CORPORATION
External Audit & Supervisory Board Member, KYORIN Holdings, Inc.
External Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd.

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External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Setsuko Takemoto

Biography

Date of Birth

June 28, 1950

Career

April 1969 Joined the Ministry of Finance
July 2009 Director, Ogikubo Tax Agency
July 2011 Retired from the National Tax Agency
August 2011 Acquired Japanese tax accountant certification
September 2011 Established Takemoto Setsuko Tax Accounting Office (now the Kuchitani General Accounting Office) (current position)
March 2019 External Audit & Supervisory Board Member,Lion Corporation(current position)
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External Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Atsuko Suzuki

Biography

Date of Birth

September 9, 1962

Career

April 1986 Joined Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (now Panasonic Corporation)
April 2008 Director and Manager of the CSR Office, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (resigned in December 2014)
April 2010 External Director and Auditor, Nara Women’s University (resigned in December 2012)
January 2015 Joined Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
April 2015 Manager of the Social Environment Department, Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
October 2015 Manager of the Sustainability Promotion Section, Olympic/Paralympic Promotion Headquarters (concurrently held), Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
April 2017 Director and General Manager of the CSR Division of Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
May 2019 Resigned from Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
March 2021 External Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Lion Corporation (current position)

(Significant concurrent positions)

External Director, ASAHI CO., LTD.
External Director, YAMAZEN CORPORATION

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Note: Notification of the appointment of Mr. Takao Yamaguchi, Ms. Setsuko Takemoto and Ms. Atsuko Suzuki as independent audit & supervisory board members has been sent to the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Director and Audit & Supervisory Board Member Skill Matrix

The principle skills and areas of expertise of Lion’s directors and Audit & Supervisory Board members are as shown below.

Directors

Name Position
Corporate management
Global business
Finance/accounting
Legal/risk management
Human resource/
HR development
Sustainability
IT/DX
Sales/marketing
R&D/production
Itsuo Hama Representative Director
Chairman of the Board of Directors
         
Masazumi Kikukawa Representative Director
President and Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
         
Kenjiro Kobayashi Director
Senior Executive Officer
       
Yugo Kume Director
Senior Executive Officer
         
Fumitomo Noritake Director
Executive Officer
           
Hitoshi Suzuki Director
Executive Officer
           
Kengo Fukuda Director
Executive Officer
       
Kazunari Uchida External Director        
Takashi Shiraishi External Director          
Takako Sugaya External Director              
Reiko Yasue External Director          

Audit & Supervisory Board members

Name Position
Corporate management
Global business
Finance/accounting
Legal/risk management
Human resource/
HR development
Sustainability
IT/DX
Sales/marketing
R&D/production
Toshiyuki Nikkawa Audit & Supervisory
Board Member
           
Yoshiaki Kamao Audit & Supervisory
Board Member
               
Takao Yamaguchi External Audit &
Supervisory Board Member
               
Setsuko Takemoto External Audit &
Supervisory Board Member
               
Atsuko Suzuki External Audit &
Supervisory Board Member
             

Executive Officers Not Concurrently Serving as Directors

  • Senior Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Sales Division
    Responsible for Distribution Policy Department

    Masaharu Mikuni

  • Senior Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division

    Masayuki Takemori

  • Executive Officer
    President of Lion Chemical Corporation

    Tomomichi Okano

  • Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of Gift and Channel-Specific Products Division

    Jiro Nagasawa

  • Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of Production and Logistics Headquarters

    Yasutsugu Shimizu

  • Executive Officer
    Director of Human Resources Development Center

    Yoko Koike

  • Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of Research and Development Headquarters

    Kosuke Tanaka

  • Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of International Division

    Annette Ling

  • Executive Officer
    Executive General Manager of Supply Chain Management Planning Headquarters, Director of Administration Department

    Kei Minamikawa

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