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Management Team

(As of March 27, 2015)
*1: Outside directors stipulated under Corporate Law of Japan
*2: Independent Director specified by the regulations of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.
*3: Outside auditors stipulated under Corporate Law of Japan
*4: Substitute company auditor stipulated under Corporate Law of Japan

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)
  • November 2010
    Director (President of Board of Directors) of PRICEMINISTER S.A.S. (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.) (current position)

Executive Vice President and Representative Director

Toru ShimadaDate of Birth: March 3, 1965
Executive Vice President and Representative Director
Executive Director of Digital Content and Communication Business Office
  • April 1987
    Joined RECRUIT CO., LTD.
  • June 1989
    Founded INTELLIGENCE, LTD
  • September 1989
    Director of INTELLIGENCE, LTD
  • November 2004
    Vice President and Director of Rakuten Baseball, Inc.
  • December 2004
    President and Representative Director of Rakuten Baseball, Inc.
  • March 2005
    Director of the Company
  • March 2005
    Executive Officer of the Company
  • March 2006
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company
  • January 2008
    President and Representative Director and team owner of Rakuten Baseball, Inc.
  • August 2014
    Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • October 2014
    Executive Director of Digital Content and Communication Business Office of the Company (current position)
  • November 2014
    Representative Director of the Company (current position)
Yasufumi HiraiDate of Birth: November 17, 1960
Executive Vice President and Representative Director
Chief Information Officer and Rakuten Mobile business unit officer
  • April 1983
    Joined IBM Japan Ltd.
  • January 2001
    Director, Manager of the Software Division of IBM Japan Ltd.
  • July 2002
    Vice President of the Software Group of International Business Machines Corporation (U.S.)
  • March 2003
    Joined Microsoft Co., Ltd. (currently Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.)
  • May 2003
    Director of Microsoft Co., Ltd.
  • July 2006
    Senior Managing Executive Officer of Microsoft Co., Ltd.
  • March 2008
    Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems G.K.
  • August 2010
    President and General Manager of Cisco Systems G.K.
  • October 2012
    Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • February 2015
    Executive Vice President and Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • March 2015
    Representative Director and Chairman of FUSION COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION (current position)
  • March 2015
    Representative Director of the Company (current position)
Masayuki HosakaDate of Birth: July 31, 1954
Executive Vice President and Representative Director
Executive Director of Finance Business
  • 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 Executive Officer of the Company
  • March 2014
    Representative Director of the Company (current position)
Yoshihisa YamadaDate of Birth: April 17, 1964
Executive Vice President, Representative Director and CFO
  • April 1987
    Joined The Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited
  • May 1992
    Received MBA from Harvard Business School
  • September 1999
    Joined Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd.
  • February 2000
    Senior Director of the Company
  • March 2007
    Resigned as Director of the Company
  • August 2010
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company
  • March 2012
    Director of the Company
  • March 2013
    Chief Financial Officer of the Company (current position)
  • January 2014
    Vice President and Representative Director, Executive Vice President Executive Officer of the Company (current position)

Managing Executive Officer and Director

Masatada KobayashiDate of Birth: June 8, 1971
Managing Executive Officer and Director
Executive Director of Asia RHQ
  • April 1994
    Joined Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
  • November 1996
    Joined RCA Co. Ltd.
  • April 1997
    Joined the Company
  • November 1999
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • March 2003
    Executive Officer of the Company
  • April 2006
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • September 2014
    Executive Director of Asia Regional Headquarters of the Company (current position)
Akio SugiharaDate of Birth: August 26, 1969
Managing Executive Officer and Director
Executive Director of Global Human Resources Department
  • March 1996
    Founder and Senior Managing Director of RCA Co., Ltd.
  • April 1997
    Joined the Company
  • November 1999
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • March 2003
    Executive Officer of the Company
  • April 2006
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • April 2012
    Executive Director of Global Human Resources Department of the Company (current position)
Kazunori TakedaDate of Birth: May 17, 1961
Managing Executive Officer and Director
Executive Director of Travel Business
  • April 1986
    Joined TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
  • May 1993
    Received MBA from Harvard Business School
  • July 2006
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • March 2007
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • January 2014
    Executive Director of Travel Business of the Company (current position)
Kentaro HyakunoDate of Birth: June 6, 1967
Managing Executive Officer and Director
Executive Director of General Planning Department
  • June 1990
    Joined TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
  • February 2007
    Executive Officer of the Company
  • July 2009
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • September 2009
    Executive Director of Global Business Department of the Company
  • March 2013
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • April 2014
    Executive Director of General Planning Department of the Company (current position)
Hiroaki YasutakeDate of Birth: July 2, 1971
Managing Executive Officer and Director
Executive Director of DU
  • April 1997
    Joined NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
  • October 1998
    Joined the Company
  • May 2005
    Executive Officer of the Company
  • March 2007
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • April 2007
    Managing Executive Officer of the Company (current position)
  • January 2014
    Executive Director of DU 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)
Koichi KusanoDate of Birth: March 22, 1955
Director
  • April 1980
    Registered with Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association
    Joined Nishimura & Partners
  • June 1985
    Attorney and Partner of Nishimura & Partners
  • May 1986
    Graduated from Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
  • November 1986
    Admitted as Attorney-at-law in New York, USA
  • June 1994
    Outside Corporate Auditor of KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD. (current position)
  • January 1996
    Attorney and Deputy Senior Partner of Nishimura & Partners
  • November 1999
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • January 2004
    Attorney and Senior Partner of Nishimura & Partners (currently Nishimura & Asahi) (current position)
  • April 2013
    Professor of Keio University Law School (current position)
  • September 2014
    Visiting Professor of Harvard Law School (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.
  • March 2010
    Director of the Company (current position)
  • June 2011
    Outside Director of Nojima Corporation (current position)
  • June 2013
    Outside Director of MarvelousAQL Inc. (current position)
Hiroshi FukinoDate of Birth: February 4, 1942
Director
  • April 1965
    Joined JEOL Ltd.
  • December 1974
    Joined Seiko Instruments & Electronics Ltd. (currently Seiko Instruments Inc.)
  • March 1986
    President of Seiko Instruments & Electronics USA (currently Seiko Instruments USA Inc.)
  • September 1994
    Representative Director and Chairman of Dell Computer Japan (currently Dell Japan Inc.)
  • May 2002
    Outside Director of MISUMI Group Inc. (current position)
  • May 2004
    President and Representative Director of Fukino Consulting Inc. (current position)
  • March 2008
    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
    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 2013
    Director of Zulily, Inc. (current position)
  • 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

Yoshiaki SenooDate of Birth: February 5, 1947
Company Auditor (Full-time)
  • 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
    Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
  • March 2011
    Outside Company Auditor of Rakuten Auction, Inc. (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
    Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
  • March 2007
    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
  • March 2001
    Company Auditor of the Company (current position)
  • January 2004
    Attorney and Partner of Nishimura & Partners (currently Nishimura & Asahi) (current position)
  • July 2007
    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)

Substitute Company Auditor

Hiroshi TakahashiDate of Birth: May 11, 1957
Substitute Company Auditor
  • April 1982
    Joined Wako Securities Co., Ltd. (currently Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd.)
  • June 1999
    Joined the Company
  • November 2003
    Company Auditor of DLJdirect SFG Securities, Inc. (currently Rakuten Securities, Inc.) (current position)
  • March 2012
    Company Auditor of bitWallet, Inc. (currently Rakuten Edy, Inc.) (current position)
  • June 2013
    Company Auditor of Stylife Corporation (current position)
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