Management Team

(As of November 1, 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

Chairman and CEO

Hiroshi Mikitani
Date 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

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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 Hosaka
Date 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

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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. Baxter
Date of Birth: April 19, 1965
Director
October 1998
CEO of eTranslate, Inc.
March 2001
Director of the Company

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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 Kutaragi
Date of Birth: August 2, 1950
Director
April 1975
Joined Sony Corporation
November 1993
Director of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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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. James
Date 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.

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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 Mitachi
Date of Birth: January 21, 1957
Director
April 1979
Joined Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.
June 1992
Received MBA from Harvard Business School

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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
ril 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 Murai
Date 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

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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 Moon
Date of Birth: April 24, 1964
Director
June 1996
Received Ph. D from Stanford University
July 1997
Assistant Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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July 1998
Assistant Professor of Harvard Business School Professor
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 Uchida
Date 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

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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 Senoo
Date 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

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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 Hirata
Date 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

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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 Yamaguchi
Date 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.)

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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)
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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