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Management Team

(As of April 22, 2014)
    • Managing Executive Officer and Director
      Masatada Kobayashi
    • Managing Executive Officer and Director
      Toru Shimada
    • Managing Executive Officer and Director
      Akio Sugihara
    • Managing Executive Officer and Director
      Kazunori Takeda
    • Managing Executive Officer and Director
      Kentaro Hyakuno
    • Managing Executive Officer and Director
      Hiroaki Yasutake
    • Director
      Charles B. Baxter
    • Director
      Koichi Kusano*1
    • Director
      Ken Kutaragi*1
    • Director
      Hiroshi Fukino*1
    • Director
      Jun Murai*1
    • Director
      Joshua G. James*1
    • Company Auditor
      Yoshiaki Senoo*2
    • Company Auditor
      Takeo Hirata*2
    • Company Auditor
      Katsuyuki Yamaguchi*2

    • Substitute Company Auditor
      Hiroshi Takahashi*3
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Takahito Aiki
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Koji Ando
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Yuji Kusunoki
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Masato Takahashi
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Kenichiro Nakajima
    • Managing Executive Officer
      Kenji Hirose
*1: Outside directors stipulated under Corporate Law of Japan
*2: Outside auditors stipulated under Corporate Law of Japan
*3: Substitute company auditor stipulated under Corporate Law of Japan

Chairman and CEO

Hiroshi Mikitani
Hiroshi Mikitani is a founder of Rakuten, Inc. Mr. Mikitani served as President from its inception in 1997, and became Chairman of the company from 2001. Mr. Mikitani is also Chairman of Rakuten Travel, Inc., Chairman of Crimson Football Club, Inc., Representative Director of Japan Association of New Economy, Director (President of Board of Directors) of PRICEMINISTER S.A.S., Director (Chairman) of Kobo Inc., and Chairman of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to founding Rakuten, Mr. Mikitani established a consulting business, Crimson Group in 1996. Prior to founding Crimson Group, Mr. Mikitani worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.) from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Mikitani received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Executive Vice President and Representative Director

Masayuki Hosaka
Masayuki Hosaka is Executive Vice President and Representative Director of Rakuten. Mr. Hosaka is Executive Director of Finance Business of the Company, which includes Card, Bank, Securities, Life Insurance and other businesses. He is also President and Representative Director of Rakuten Edy, Inc. Mr. Hosaka joined Rakuten in 2005. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Hosaka worked at ORIX Credit Corporation.
Yoshihisa Yamada
Yoshihisa Yamada is Executive Vice President, Representative Director, and CFO of Rakuten. Mr. Yamada is Executive Director of Finance Department of the Company. He is also Director of VIKI, Inc.. Mr. Yamada joined Rakuten in 2000. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Yamada worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd.) from 1987 to 1999. Mr. Yamada holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Managing Executive Officer and Director

Masatada Kobayashi
Masatada Kobayashi is a Managing Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten, Executive Director of Americas Regional Headquarters Office of the Company, and Director (Chairman) of LinkShare Corporation. Mr. Kobayashi joined Rakuten in 1997. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Kobayashi worked at RCA Co. Ltd from 1996 to 1997. Prior to RCA Co. Ltd, Mr. Kobayashi worked at Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. from 1994 to 1996.
Toru Shimada
Toru Shimada is a Managing Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten. Mr. Shimada is a Director of Rakuten Baseball, Inc., and Executive Director of Asia Regional Headquarters Office of the Company. Mr. Shimada joined Rakuten in 2004. Prior to joining Rakuten, Mr. Shimada was founder and Director of INTELLIGENCE, LTD from 1989 to 2004. Prior to INTELLIGENCE, LTD. Mr. Shimada worked at RECRUIT CO., LTD. from 1987 to 1989.
Akio Sugihara
Akio Sugihara is a Managing Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten. Mr. Sugihara is Executive Director of the Global Human Resources Department of the Company. Mr. Sugihara joined Rakuten in 1997. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Sugihara was the founder and CEO of RCA Co. Ltd from 1996 to 1997.
Kazunori Takeda
Kazunori Takeda is a Managing Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten. Mr. Takeda is Executive Director of Travel Business of the Company. Mr. Takeda joined Rakuten in 2006. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Takeda worked at TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION from 1986. Mr. Takeda holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Kentaro Hyakuno
Kentaro Hyakuno is a Managing Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten. Mr. Hyakuno is Executive Director of Global Business Department of the Company, and Director of VIKI, Inc.. Mr. Hyakuno joined Rakuten in 2007. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Hyakuno worked at TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION from 1990.
Hiroaki Yasutake
Hiroaki Yasutake is a Managing Executive Officer and Director of Rakuten, and Executive Director of the Development Unit of the Company. Mr. Yasutake joined Rakuten in 1998. Prior to Rakuten, Mr. Yasutake worked at NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION from 1997 to 1998.
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