Executives

As of March 25, 2021

Directors

President and Representative Director Hitoshi Kawahara
Brief History
April 1984 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
April 2006 Manager, Resin Sales Department, EVAL Division
April 2010 Manager, Planning and Administration Department, Resin Company
April 2013 Assistant General Manager, Poval Film Division, Vinyl Acetate Company
April 2014 General Manager, Poval Film Division, Vinyl Acetate Company
January 2016 Vice President of Vinyl Acetate Film Company
March 2016 Executive Officer
January 2018 President of Vinyl Acetate Resin Company
March 2018 Senior Executive Officer
March 2019 Director
January 2021 President and Representative Director (Current position)
Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Hiroaya Hayase Executive Supervisor, Vinyl Acetate Resin Company
Executive Supervisor, Vinyl Acetate Film Company
Brief History
April 1980 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
April 2007 Manager of Technology Planning and Administration Department, Technology Division
April 2008 Deputy General Manager of Technology Division
April 2010 General Manager of Technology Division, Technology and Development Unit
April 2012 General Manager of Poval Resin Division, Resin Company
June 2012 Executive Officer
April 2013 General Manager of Poval Resin Division, Vinyl Acetate Company; and General Manager of Production and Technology Management Division, Vinyl Acetate Company
April 2014 General Manager of International Business Planning Division, Vinyl Acetate Company
June 2014 Managing Executive Officer
January 2015 President, Vinyl Acetate Film Company
March 2015 Director
January 2016 President, Vinyl Acetate Resin Company
March 2016 Senior Managing Executive Officer (Current position)
March 2020 Representative Director (Current position)
January 2021 Executive Supervisor, Vinyl Acetate Resin Company (Current position)
Executive Supervisor, Vinyl Acetate Film Company (Current position)
Chairman and Director Masaaki Ito
Brief History
April 1980 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
August 2002 President, Nantong Kuraray Garment Co., Ltd.
April 2004 Manager of Corporate Management Planning Division, Kuraray Trading Co., Ltd.
April 2007 Manager of Kuralon and K-II Production and Technology Development Department, Okayama Plant
April 2010 General Manager of Methacrylate Division, Chemicals Company
June 2012 Executive Officer
April 2013 Vice President, Functional Materials Company; and General Manager of Methacrylate Division, Functional Materials Company
June 2013 Managing Executive Officer
April 2014 Officer Responsible for Corporate Management Planning Division; Officer Responsible for CSR Division; and General Manager of Corporate Management Planning Division
June 2014 Director
January 2015 Representative Director and President
January 2021 Chairman and Director (Current position)
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Yoshimasa Sano President, Fibers and Textiles Company; and Officer Responsible for Osaka Office
Brief History
April 1980 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
July 2001 Manager of Sales Department, Fine Chemicals Division
April 2007 Manager of Chemicals Marketing & Sales Department, Isoprene Chemicals Division,
Chemicals and Medical Products Company
April 2010 General Manager of Elastomer Division, Chemicals Company
June 2012 Executive Officer
April 2014 General Manager of Methacrylate Division, Functional Materials Company
January 2016 Vice President, Functional Materials Company
March 2016 Director and Managing Executive Officer
January 2017 General Manager of Carbon Materials Division, Functional Materials Company
January 2018 President, Functional Materials Company
January 2020 President, Fibers and Textiles Company (Current position)
January 2020 Responsible for Osaka Office (Current position)
March 2020 Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer (Current position)
Director and Managing Executive Officer Kenichi Abe President, Isoprene Company
Brief History
April 1980 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
June 2000 Assistant Manager of Polymer Marketing and Sales Department, Chemicals Division
April 2001 Manager of Elastomer Sales Department, Elastomer Division
April 2006 Manager of Planning and Administration Department, Chemicals Company
April 2008 Deputy General Manager of Isoprene Chemicals Division, Chemicals and Medical Products Company
April 2009 General Manager of Elastomer Division, Chemicals and Medical Products Company
April 2010 President, Kuraray America, Inc.
April 2012 General Manager of Corporate Management Planning Division
June 2012 Executive Officer
April 2013 General Manager of New Business Development Division
January 2016 President, Isoprene Company (Current position)
March 2016 Director and Managing Executive Officer (Current position)
January 2018 General Manager of Elastomer Division, Isoprene Company
Director and Managing Executive Officer Keiji Taga Officer Responsible for Corporate Management Planning Office; Officer Responsible for CSR Division; Officer Responsible for Administrative Unit; and General Manager of Corporate Management Planning Office
Brief History
April 1984 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
April 2012 Deputy General Manager, Purchasing and Logistics Division
April 2014 General Manager, Medical Division, Functional Materials Company
March 2017 Executive Officer
January 2018 Officer Responsible for Corporate Management Planning Office and CSR Division (Current position)
March 2018 Senior Executive Officer (Current position)
April 2018 General Manager, Corporate Management Planning Office (Current position)
March 2019 Director (Current position)
January 2020 Officer Responsible for Administrative Unit (Current position)
Director and Managing Executive Officer Matthias Gutweiler President, Kuraray Europe GmbH
Brief History
December 2001 Joined Kuraray Specialities Europe
January 2009 President, Kuraray Europe GmbH (Current position), Executive Officer, Kuraray Co., Ltd.
April 2013 General Manager of PVB Division, Vinyl Acetate Company
March 2018 Managing Executive Officer (Current position)
March 2020 Director (Current position)
Director and Managing Executive Officer Nobuhiko Takai President, Functional Materials Company
Brief History
April 1987 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
April 2005 Manager of Global Operation Department, Poval Resin Company, Specialty Resin and Film Sector
April 2009 Manager of Business Planning Department, Poval Resin Division, Specialty Resin and Film Company
April 2012 Deputy General Manager of Genestar Division, Chemicals Company
April 2014 General Manager of Genestar Division, Isoprene Company
March 2016 Executive Officer
January 2019 Vice President, Functional Materials Company, General Manager of Carbon Material Division, Functional Materials Company
March 2019 Managing Executive Officer (Current position)
January 2020 President, Functional Materials Company (Current position)
March 2020 Director (Current position)
Director Jun Hamano1 Chairman, Ohara Memorial Institute for Science of Labour
Representative Director and Vice Chairman, Ohara Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Brief History
April 1974 Entered Economic Planning Agency of Japan (EPA)
July 1999 Director, Minister’s Secretariat Division, EPA
January 2001 Director, Personnel Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Cabinet Office
January 2002 Deputy Director General for Economic and Fiscal Management, Cabinet Office
July 2004 Director General for Economic and Fiscal Management, Cabinet Office
July 2006 Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination, Cabinet Office
July 2008 Deputy Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office
July 2009 Vice-Minister, Cabinet Office
January 2012 Advisor, Cabinet Office
April 2013 Executive Advisor, Dentsu Inc.
June 2014 Director, Ohara Memorial Healthcare Foundation
June 2015 Chairman, Ohara Memorial Institute for Science of Labour (Current position)
March 2016 Director, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)
April 2020 Representative Director and Vice Chairman, Ohara Memorial Healthcare Foundation (Current position)
Director Keiko Murata1 Professor, Graduate School of Management, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Brief History
April 1986 Entered Economic Planning Agency of Japan (EPA)
August 2005 Director for Overseas Economies, Directorate General for Economic Research, Cabinet Office
August 2006 Director for International Affairs, Secretariat of the Science Council of Japan, Cabinet Office
July 2008 Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University
May 2015 Advisor to the President, Tokyo Metropolitan University
July 2017 Trustee, Nippon Life Insurance Company (Current position)
April 2018 Professor, Graduate School of Management, Tokyo Metropolitan University (Current position)
March 2020 Director, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)
Director Satoshi Tanaka1 Counselor, Mitsui & Co.
Brief History
April 1981 Joined Mitsui & Co.
April 2011 Managing Officer, Mitsui & Co.
April 2013 Executive Managing Officer, Mitsui & Co.
April 2015 Senior Executive Managing Officer, COO of Asia Pacific Business Unit, Mitsui & Co.
April 2017 Executive Vice President, Mitsui & Co.
June 2017 Representative Director, Executive Vice President, Mitsui & Co.
April 2019 Director, Mitsui & Co.
June 2019 Counselor, Mitsui & Co. (Current position)
March 2020 Director, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)
April 2020 Outside Director, Sekisui House, Ltd. (Current position)
January 2021 Independent Director, IHH Healthcare Berhad (Current position)
Director Kiyoto Ido1 Vice Chairman, Institute for International Economic Studies
Brief History
April 1973 Entered the Ministry of Finance (MOF)
March 1980 Consul, Consulate-General of Japan, Frankfurt in Germany
July 1989 Deputy General Manager, Finance Dept., Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.
July 1998 Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, MOF
Deputy Director-General, International Bureau, MOF
June 1999 Minister, Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C
July 2002 Deputy Director-General, International Bureau, MOF
July 2004 Director-General, International Bureau, MOF
August 2006 Executive Director, Bank of Japan
April 2011 Vice Chairman, Institute for International Economic Studies (Current position)
June 2014 Outside Board Member, Nidec Corporation
March 2021 Director, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)

Corporate Auditors

Standing Corporate Auditor Kazuhiro Nakayama
Brief History
Apr 1980 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Apr 2006 Manager, Technology Planning and Administration Department, Environmental, Industrial Safety and Technology Division
Apr 2008 General Manager, Technology Development Center, Technology Division
Apr 2012 General Manager, Kurashiki Plant
Jun 2012 Executive Officer
Apr 2013 General Manager, Overseas Business, Vinyl Acetate Company
Apr 2014 General Manager, Technology Division
Jan 2016 Officer Responsible for Technology Division; Officer Responsible for Plants in Japan; Officer Responsible for Environmental Business Development and Promotion Division
Mar 2016 Director and Managing Executive Officer
Jan 2018 Officer Responsible for Environmental and Industrial Safety Management Center
Jan 2020 Assistant to the President
Mar 2020 Corporate Auditor (Current position)
Standing Corporate Auditor Naoya Uehara
Brief History
Apr 1982 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Apr 2009 Senior Manager, Corporate Control Department
Apr 2013 Vice General Manager, Corporate Management Planning Division
Jun 2014 Vice General Manager, GLS Division, Kuraray America, Inc.
Jan 2018 Vice President, Kuraray Europe GmbH
Mar 2020 Executive Officer, Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Jan 2021 Assistant to the President
Mar 2021 Corporate Auditor (Current position)
Corporate Auditor Mitsuhiro Nagahama 2
Brief History
Apr 1976 Entered The Fuji Bank Limited (the present Mizuho Bank, Ltd.)
Apr 2002 General Manager, Americas Non-Japanese Corporate Banking Division No. 2, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Mar 2003 Executive Officer and General Manager, Otemachi Corporate Banking Division No. 6 and No. 7, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Apr 2005 Managing Executive Officer in charge of corporate banking, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Mar 2006 Managing Executive Officer, Head of the Americas, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Apr 2010 Deputy President, Head of the Americas, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.
Apr 2013 Chairman of the Board, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.; Chairman of the Board, Mizuho Securities USA Inc.
Apr 2015 Senior Advisor, Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.
Jun 2015 Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member, Azbil Co., Ltd.
Mar 2018 Corporate Auditor, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)
Mar 2019 Outside Director, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd.
Jun 2019 Outside Director, Azbil Co., Ltd. (Current position)
Jun 2020 Outside Director, NSK Ltd. (Current position)
Corporate Auditor Tomomi Yatsu 2
Brief History
Apr 1983 Entered Tokyo Electron Ltd.
Oct 1986 Entered Tohmatsu Awoki & Sanwa (the present Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC)
Sep 1990 Registered as a Certified Public Accountant
Oct 2001 Registered with Tokyo Bar Association; Entered Shin-Tokyo Sohgoh Law Office (later merged with Bingham Sakai Mimura Aizawa-Foreign Law Joint Enterprise)
Jun 2009 Outside Corporate Auditor, Calbee, Inc.
Jun 2010 Outside Corporate Auditor, Taiko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Mar 2012 Outside Corporate Auditor, KOKUYO Co., Ltd.
Mar 2015 Outside Corporate Auditor, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
Apr 2015 Partner, TMI Associates (Current position)
Jun 2016 Outside Director, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. (Current position)
Jun 2017 Outside Corporate Auditor, IHI Corporation (Current position)
Mar 2019 Corporate Auditor, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)
Mar 2021 Outside Corporate Auditor, Kyowa Kirin Co., Ltd. (Current position)
Corporate Auditor Kenji Komatsu 2
Brief History
Apr 1978 Entered Mitsubishi Corporation
Feb 1996 Entered GE International Inc.
Jul 2005 Representative Director and President, Ecolab Inc. (the present Ecolab GK)
Apr 2007 Ecolab Inc. Senior Vice President
Dec 2010 Senior Executive Officer, Sanden Corporation (the present SANDEN HOLDINGS CORPORATION)
Nov 2011 Entered Bain Capital Asia, LLC
Mar 2013 Director, President and CEO, BELLSYSTEM24, Inc.
Mar 2016 Director and Chairman, BELLSYSTEM24 Holdings, Inc.
Jun 2016 Advisor, COACH A Co., Ltd.
Dec 2018 Advisor, API Consultants CO., LTD.
Mar 2019 Corporate Auditor, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Current position)
May 2020 Executive Vice President, FUJITSU COMPONENT LIMITED (Current position)

Executive Officers

Senior Managing Executive Officer Hitoshi Toyoura President, Kuraray America, Inc.
Senior Managing Executive Officer Tsugunori Kashimura Officer, Research and Development Division, Officer, Environmental Business Development and Promotion Division
Managing Executive Officer Akira Omura Officer Responsible for Technology Division; Officer Responsible for Plants in Japan; Officer Responsible for Environmental and Industrial Safety Management Center
Managing Executive Officer Toshihiro Omatsu Vice President, Isoprene Company; and General Manager of Isoprene Chemicals Division
Managing Executive Officer Toshinori Tsugaru General Manager of Kurashiki Plant
Executive Officer P. Scott Bening General Manager of MonoSol Division; and President, MonoSol, LLC.
Executive Officer Stephen Cox General Manager of PVB Division
Executive Officer Koichi Takano General Manager of Purchasing and Logistics Division
Executive Officer Hajime Suzuki Vice President, Kuraray America, Inc.
Executive Officer Takaharu Kawahara General Manager of Technology Division
Executive Officer Fuyuo Ueyama Vice President, Calgon Carbon Corporation
Executive Officer Tomoyuki Watanabe President, Vinyl Acetate Resin Company, General Manager of Poval Resin Division
Executive Officer Stevan R. Schott General Manager of Environmental Solutions Division, Calgon Carbon Corporation President
Executive Officer Yoji Ikemori General Manager of Genestar Division
Executive Officer Satoru Fujinami Assistant to Officer, CSR Division, Assistant to Officer, Administrative Unit, General Manager of General Affairs and HR Division
Executive Officer Kazushige Sakamoto General Manager of Okayama Plant
Executive Officer Koichi Daifuku General Manager of Poval Film Division
Executive Officer Junichi Fujiwara President, Vinyl Acetate Film Company

1. Directors Jun Hamano, Keiko Murata, Satoshi Tanaka, and Kiyoto Ido are Outside Directors.

2. Corporate Auditors Mitsuhiro Nagahama, Tomomi Yatsu, and Kenji Komatsu are outside Corporate Auditors.