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June 20, 2013
  • Rakuten Travel

Personnel Change Announcement

TOKYO, June 20, 2013 – Rakuten Travel, Inc. today announced the following personnel changes concerning its Board of Directors.

1. New appointment of Directors (effective June 27)*
■ Name: Takanobu Yamamoto
■ New Role: 
CEO, Rakuten Travel Inc. 
Executive Officer, Rakuten Inc.
■ Current Role:  
Senior Executive Officer, Rakuten Travel Inc. 
Executive Officer, Rakuten Inc.
■ Brief CV:  
Dec. 2006    
Expedia Inc.

March 2012 
TripAdvisor Inc.
Appointed VP and General Manager, Japan, Korea, and APAC Market Development

March 2013 
Rakuten Inc.
Appointed Senior Executive Officer of Rakuten Travel Inc.

April 2013
Appointed Executive Officer of Rakuten Inc.

*Mr. Yamamoto shall take up his position following approval at the Ordinary Shareholders Meeting to be held June 27, 2013.

2. Retirement of Directors (effective June 27, 2013)
■ Name: Masashi Okatake
■ Current Role: 
CEO, Rakuten Travel Inc.
Executive Officer, Rakuten Inc.

Mr. Okatake is scheduled to be appointed as an Advisor to Rakuten Inc. and will continue to be involved in management in that capacity.

In order to promote greater synergy with Rakuten Travel, Rakuten is considering a merger with the company, which is currently a 100% consolidated subsidiary, with the aim of completing the move within the year. Rakuten will disclose any pertinent information as soon as it is decided.