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Management Team

(As of August 4, 2016)

    Board of Directors

  • Company Auditors

  • *1: Outside directors stipulated under Companies Act of Japan
    *2: Independent Director specified by the regulations of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.
    *3: Outside auditors stipulated under Companies Act of Japan

    Management Team

    • Representative Director, President, Chairman and CEO
      Internet Services Segment Leader
      Hiroshi Mikitani
    • Representative Director and Vice Chairman
      FinTech Segment Leader
      President, Card & Payments Company
      Masayuki Hosaka
    • Executive Vice President
      CFO&CRO (Chief Risk Officer)
      Group Executive Vice President
      Yoshihisa Yamada
    • Executive Vice President
      CIO&CISO (Chief Information Security Officer)
      Group Executive Vice President
      Yasufumi Hirai
    • Managing Executive Officer
      President, Life and Leisure Company
      Kazunori Takeda
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Director, EU RHO
      President, Digital Contents Company
      Takahito Aiki
    • Managing Executive Officer
      President, Securities Company
      Yuji Kusunoki
    • Managing Executive Officer
      President, Bank Company
      Hiroyuki Nagai
    • Managing Executive Officer
      President, Insurance Company
      Hiroshi Takasawa
    • Managing Executive Officer
      COO&CMO (Chief Marketing Officer)
      Group Executive Vice President
      Kentaro Hyakuno
    • Managing Executive Officer
      CPO (Chief People Officer)
      Group Executive Vice President
      Akio Sugihara
    • Managing Executive Officer
      CCO (Chief Compliance Officer)
      Group Managing Executive Officer
      Kenji Hirose
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Group Managing Executive Officer
      President, New Service Development Company
      Koji Ando
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Director, E-commerce Company CTO
      (Chief Technology Officer)
      Terje Marthinussen
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Director, Asia RHO
      Masatada Kobayashi
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Masato Takahashi

Chairman and CEO

Hiroshi MikitaniDate of Birth: March 11, 1965
Chairman, President and CEO
  • April 1988
    Joined The Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited
  • May 1993
    Received MBA from Harvard Business School
  • February 1996
    President and Representative Director (currently Representative Partner) of Crimson Group, Inc. (currently Crimson Group, LLC.) (current position)
  • February 1997
    Founder and President and Representative Director of the Company
  • February 2001
    Chairman and President and Representative Director of the Company (current position)
  • March 2004
    Chief Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • April 2006
    Chairman and Representative Director of Crimson Football Club, Inc. (current position)
  • January 2008
    Chairman and Representative Director of Rakuten Baseball, Inc.
  • February 2010
    Representative Director of Japan e-business Association (currently Japan Association of New Economy) (current position)
  • October 2011
    Chairman of Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (current position)
  • January 2012
    Director of Kobo Inc. (currently Rakuten Kobo Inc.)
  • August 2012
    Chairman and Representative Director and team owner of Rakuten Baseball, Inc. (current position)
  • January 2014
    Director (Chairman) of Kobo Inc. (currently Rakuten Kobo Inc.)
  • March 2015
    Director of Lyft, Inc. (current position)

Vice Chairman and Representative Director

Masayuki HosakaDate of Birth: July 31, 1954
Vice Chairman and Representative Director
  • April 1980
    Joined ORIX Credit Corporation
  • December 2003
    General Manager Personal Finance Department of the Company
  • May 2005
    Executive Officer of the Company
  • February 2006
    President and Representative Director of Rakuten Credit, Inc. (currently Rakuten Card Co., Ltd.)
  • March 2007
    Vice Chairman and Director of Rakuten Credit, Inc.
  • April 2009
    President and Representative Director of Rakuten Credit, Inc. (current position)
  • April 2012
    Executive Director of Rakuten Card Business of the Company (current position)
  • February 2013
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company
  • January 2014
    Executive Vice President of the Company
  • March 2014
    Representative Director of the Company (current position)
  • March 2016
    Vice Chairman and Representative Director of the company(current position)

Director

Charles B. BaxterDate of Birth: April 19, 1965
Director
  • October 1998
    CEO of eTranslate, Inc.
  • March 2001
    Director of the Company
  • March 2003
    Retired as Director of the Company
  • July 2004
    Chairman of Wineshipping.com LLC (current position)
  • September 2005
    Manager of LinkShare Corporation (currently RAKUTEN MARKETING LLC) (current position)
  • March 2011
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • January 2015
    Chairman of Reyns Holdco, Inc. (current position)
Ken KutaragiDate of Birth: August 2, 1950
Director
  • April 1975
    Joined Sony Corporation
  • November 1993
    Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • April 1999
    President and Representative Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • June 2000
    Director of Sony Corporation
  • November 2003
    Director, Executive Vice President and COO of Sony Corporation
  • December 2006
    Representative Director, Chairman and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
  • June 2007
    Honorary Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Senior technology advisor of Sony Corporation (current position)
  • October 2009
    Representative Director and CEO of Cyber AI Entertainment Inc. (current position)
  • March 2010
    Outside Director of the Company (current position)
  • June 2011
    Outside Director of Nojima Corporation (current position)
  • June 2013
    Outside Director of MarvelousAQL Inc. (currently Marvelous Inc.) (current position)
Joshua G. JamesDate of Birth: June 28, 1973
Director
  • October 1996
    Founder and CEO of Omniture, Inc.
  • October 2009
    Senior Vice President and General Manager of Omnisture Business Unit of Adobe Systems Inc.
  • October 2010
    Founder and CEO of Domo, Inc. (current position)
  • March 2011
    Outside Director of the Company
  • March 2012
    Member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders (current position)
  • March 2015
    Resigned as Outside Director of the Company
  • March 2016
    Outside Director of the Company (current position)
Takashi MitachiDate of Birth: January 21, 1957
Director
  • April 1979
    Joined Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
  • June 1992
    Received MBA from Harvard Business School
  • October 1993
    Joined The Boston Consulting Group
  • January 1999
    Vice President of The Boston Consulting Group
  • January 2005
    Japan Co-chair of The Boston Consulting Group
  • April 2011
    Board Member of Japan Association for the World Food Programme (current position)
  • April 2013
    Vice Chairman of KEIZAI DOYUKAI (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) (current position)
  • January 2016
    Senior Partner & Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group (current position)
  • March 2016
    Outside Director of the Company (current position)
Jun MuraiDate of Birth: March 29, 1955
Director
  • August 1984
    Assistant at Information Processing Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • March 1987
    Received Ph. D in Engineering from Keio University
  • April 1987
    Assistant at Large-scale Computer Center, the University of Tokyo
  • April 1990
    Associate Professor of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies of Keio University
  • April 1997
    Professor of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies of Keio University (current position)
  • May 2005
    Vice-President of Keio Gijuku Educational Corporation
  • October 2009
    Dean of Faculty of Environment and Information Studies of Keio University (current position)
  • September 2011
    Outside Director of BroadBand Tower, Inc. (current position)
  • March 2012
    Outside Director of the Company (current position)
Youngme MoonDate of Birth: April 24, 1964
Director
  • June 1996
    Received Ph. D from Stanford University
  • July 1997
    Assistant Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • July 1998
    Assistant Professor of Harvard Business School
  • July 2003
    Associate Professor of Harvard Business School
  • September 2005
    Director of Avid Technology, Inc. (current position)
  • July 2007
    Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration of Harvard Business School
  • July 2010
    Senior Associate Dean for and Chair of the MBA Program and Donald K. David Professor of Harvard Business School
  • July 2014
    Senior Associate Dean of Strategy and Innovation and Donald K. David Professor of Harvard Business School (current position)
  • March 2015
    Director of the Company (current position)

Company Auditor

Takahide UchidaDate of Birth: October 21, 1954
Company Auditor (Full-time)
  • April 1977
    Joined The Sumitomo Bank, Limited (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation)
  • May 1983
    Received a master’s degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • April 2001
    Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Otsuka Corporate Sales Manager)
  • June 2003
    Director of Training Institute of Human Resource Department of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
  • April 2006
    Managing Director of Daiwa SB Investments Ltd.
  • April 2010
    Senior Managing Director of Daiwa SB Investments Ltd.
  • March 2016
    Outside Full-time Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
Yoshiaki SenooDate of Birth: February 5, 1947
Company Auditor
  • April 1969
    Joined The Sumitomo Bank, Limited (currently Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation)
  • January 1993
    Manager of Gotanda Branch of The Sumitomo Bank, Limited
  • November 1994
    Senior Director of Sumitomo Capital Securities Co., Ltd.
  • April 1999
    Company Auditor of Daiwa Securities SB Capital Markets Co., Ltd. (currently Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.)
  • June 2007
    Corporate Officer of Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • October 2007
    Executive Officer of Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • June 2008
    Managing Executive Officer of Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • June 2010
    Outside Company Auditor of Rakuten Bank, Ltd. (current position)
  • March 2011
    Outside Full-time Company Auditor of the Company
  • March 2011
    Outside Company Auditor of Rakuten Auction, Inc.
  • March 2016
    Outside Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
Takeo HirataDate of Birth: January 16, 1960
Company Auditor
  • April 1982
    Joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (currently Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry)
  • June 1988
    Received a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School
  • June 1995
    Legal Examination Commissioner of General Affairs Division of Minister's Secretariat of International Trade and Industry
  • July 1997
    Financial Cooperation Office of International Trade Policy Bureau of Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • June 2000
    Director of Petroleum Exploration and Production Division of Agency of Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • January 2001
    Director of Petroleum and Natural Gas Division of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • July 2002
    General Secretary of Japan Football Association
  • April 2006
    Professor of Waseda University Graduate School of Sport Sciences (current position)
  • March 2007
    Outside Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
    Chairman of the Japan Society of Sports Industry (current position)
  • August 2013
    Special Advisor to the Cabinet (current position)
Katsuyuki YamaguchiDate of Birth: September 22, 1966
Company Auditor
  • April 1991
    Registered with Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association
    Joined Nishimura & Partners
  • May 1997
    Graduated from Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
  • September 1997
    Served Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York
  • January 1998
    Admitted as Attorney-at-law in New York, USA
  • May 1998
    Served Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in Paris
  • February 1999
    Served Simeon & Associes in Paris
  • July 1999
    Reinstated at Nishimura & Partners
  • August 2000
    Attorney and Partner of Nishimura & Partners (currently Nishimura & Asahi) (current position)
  • March 2001
    Outside Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
  • January 2004
    Attorney and Partner of Nishimura & Partners (currently Nishimura & Asahi) (current position)
  • July 2007
    Outside Company Auditor of FreeBit Co., Ltd. (current position)
  • March 2011
    Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Jupiter Telecommunications Co., Ltd. (current position)
  • September 2013
    Outside Company Auditor of BrainPad Inc. (current position)
  • June 2015
    Audit & Supervisory Board Member (Outside) of HAKUHODO DY HOLDINGS INCORPORATED (current position)
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