Reasons for election

Directors and auditors are appointed in accordance with Kurita's corporate governance system.

As of June 28, 2018

Position Chairman and Director
Name Koichi Iioka
Commissioned duties In charge of the global business
Reasons for election Mr. Kouichi Iioka became responsible for the Water Treatment Chemicals business in June 2013, after holding important posts such as those at the sales departments of the Water Treatment Chemicals business and representative of group companies in Japan and overseas. He served as Director since June 2007. He became Managing Director in June 2013, Executive Senior Managing Director and Representative Director in April 2016, and has been serving as Chairman and Director since April 2018.
He has led the overseas expansion of the Kurita Group, contributing to a dramatic expansion of the Water Treatment Chemicals business through M&A conducted in Europe and North America, and he is presently General Manager of Global Business Division since April 2017. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of strengthening the function of the Company’s Board of Directors from a global perspective.
Position President and Representative Director
Name Michiya Kadota
Commissioned duties -
Reasons for election Mr. Michiya Kadota has a career mainly in the area of general affairs such as finance and accounting and was responsible for the Administrative Division from June 2014. He also carried through the integration of the Water Treatment Chemicals business acquired in Europe in a short period of time as manager responsible for the integration. He served as Director since June 2014, and has been serving as President and Representative Director since April 2016. He has been exercising strong leadership in implementing IT strategy, and reforms of the Kurita Group as a whole, specifically organizational reforms.
Position Executive Senior Managing Director and Representative Director
Name Kiyoshi Itou
Commissioned duties General Manager of Corporate Planning Division
Reasons for election Mr. Kiyoshi Itou has worked to improve the company quality and enhance the corporate value of the Kurita Group as General Manager of Corporate Planning Division of the Company, which he first assumed in June 2013, after holding important posts in general affairs, such as human affairs and legal affairs. He served as General Manager of Administrative Division since April 2016 and he has been serving as General Manager of Corporate Planning Division again since April 2018. He served as Director since June 2009. He became Managing Director in June 2013 and has been serving as Executive Senior Managing Director and Representative Director since April 2018. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of using his highly specialized knowledge and experience to strengthen the corporate governance of the Kurita Group.
Position Managing Director
Name Takahito Namura
Commissioned duties General Manager of Solution Business Division
Reasons for election Mr. Takahito Namura has facilitated the development of new products and technologies that will increase the competitiveness of the Kurita Group as manager responsible for the Research and Development Division from June 2014, after holding important posts at the sales departments of the Water Treatment Chemicals business. He served as Director since June 2011 and has been serving as Managing Director since April 2016. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of strengthening the function of the Company’s Board of Directors with the aim of increasing the competitiveness and expanding the market with solution business, leveraging his considerable experience in sales and perspective on development.
Position Managing Director
Name Toshitaka Kodama
Commissioned duties General Manager of Sales Division Ⅱ and in charge of the facilities business
Reasons for election Mr. Toshitaka Kodama served as manager responsible for the Water Treatment Facilities business since April 2016, after holding important posts such as those at the domestic and overseas sales departments of the Water Treatment Facilities business and representative of overseas group companies, leading the transformation of the business model. He served as Director since June 2014 and has been serving as Managing Director since April 2016. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of strengthening the function of the Company’s Board of Directors, leveraging his considerable insights and experience in the Water Treatment Facilities business.
Position Managing Director
Name Yoshio Yamada
Commissioned duties General Manager of Sales Division I and in charge of the chemicals business
Reasons for election Mr. Yoshio Yamada held important posts at the sales departments after gaining experience in sales and technology development in the Water Treatment Chemicals business. Since April 2017, he has managed the Water Treatment Chemicals business, leading the initiative to strengthen service business integrating the water treatment chemicals and maintenance of the water treatment facilities. He served as Director since June 2014 and has been serving as Managing Director since April 2018. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of strengthening the function of the Company’s Board of Directors, leveraging his broad insights and experience in the water treatment chemicals.
Position Director
Name Hirohiko Ejiri
Commissioned duties General Manager of Engineering Division
Reasons for election Mr. Hirohiko Ejiri led the initiative for expansion of the Kurita Group’s business fields and transformation of revenue structure as General Manager of Corporate Planning Division from April 2016, after holding important posts such as those at the sales departments of the Water Treatment Chemicals business and representative of an overseas group company. Since April 2018, he has been serving as General Manager of Engineering Division. He has been serving as Director since June 2016.
The Company believes that he is an individual capable of strengthening the function of the Company’s Board of Directors with the aim of expanding the Kurita Group’s business and improving the company quality, leveraging his extensive experience and track records.
Position Director
Name Toshimi Kobayashi
Commissioned duties General Manager of East Japan Sales Group, Sales Division I
Reasons for election Mr. Toshimi Kobayashi held important posts in the sales departments of the Water Treatment Facilities business and its maintenance business. Since April 2017, he has promoted business expansion as the person responsible for the sales department, which integrates the water treatment chemicals and the maintenance of water treatment facilities. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of utilizing his broad insights and experience in the services business centered on maintenance to strengthen the function of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Position Director
Name Yasuo Suzuki
Commissioned duties General Manager of Global Business Division
Reasons for election Mr. Yasuo Suzuki has held technology and development roles in the Water Treatment Chemicals business and served as the representative of an overseas group company. In the acquisition of the Water Treatment Chemicals business in Europe, he managed the integrated company, putting the acquired business on track. Since April 2017, he has been the person responsible for the sales department of the overseas businesses, and he has been promoting the Kurita Group’s overseas development. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of utilizing his experience from a global viewpoint to strengthen the function of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Position Director
Name Yukihiko Mutou
Commissioned duties General Manager of Group Administrative Division
Reasons for election Mr. Yukihiko Mutou held important posts in general affairs, such as finance and accounting and human affairs. In April 2014, he became General Manager of the General Affairs Dept. and promoted the business rationalization of the general affairs departments Administrative Division and the establishment of the Kurita Group’s management of business continuity, and has been responsible for the Administrative Division since April 2018. The Company believes that he is capable of utilizing his abundant knowledge and experience in business management of the Kurita Group to strengthen the function of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Position External Director (part-time)
Name Tsuguto Moriwaki
Commissioned duties -
Reasons for election Mr. Tsuguto Moriwaki is an individual who possesses a great deal of knowledge about manufacturing and corporate reform. The Company believes that he is an individual capable of utilizing this knowledge as well as his experience of having served in important positions such as representative director in other companies to deliver opinions from an outside perspective and increase the rationality and transparency of the Company’s management.
Position External Director (part-time)
Name Ryoko Sugiyama
Commissioned duties -
Reasons for election Ms. Ryoko Sugiyama is an expert in the environment and wastes and has held important positions such as an external director of listed companies. The Company believes that she is capable of checking the Company’s management from an outside perspective different from the Company’s and increasing the rationality and transparency.
Position Member of the Audit & Supervisory Board
Name Shiro Hayashi
Commissioned duties -
Reasons for election Mr. Shiro Hayashi has served as a full-time member of the Audit & Supervisory Board of the Company since June 2012 after holding important posts at the Research and Development Division and administrative divisions. As he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in technologies and management and experience working overseas, the company judged that his highly effective audit in a wide range of areas would be promising.
Position Member of the Audit & Supervisory Board
Name Kenjiro Kobayashi
Commissioned duties -
Reasons for election Mr. Kenjiro Kobayashi is an individual who has played an active role in different areas of the Group’s businesses and has high expertise and a wealth of international experience in the areas of finance, corporate planning, new business development and M&A, etc. The Company judged that he is capable of reflecting his expertise and experience on the audit of the Company.
Position External Member of the Audit & Supervisory Board (part-time)
Name Shigekazu Torikai
Commissioned duties -
Reasons for election Mr. Shigekazu Torikai has special knowledge as well as considerable experience and deep insight in corporate legal affairs as an attorney. The Company judged that he was expected to conduct a high-quality audit from an outside perspective, using his specialty, experience and insight.