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Michitaka Sawada

As of March 25, 2022



Director, Chair

Michitaka Sawada


Apr. 1981 Joined Kao Corporation
Jul. 2003 Vice President, Sanitary Products Research Laboratories
Jun. 2006 Executive Officer
Apr. 2007 Vice President, Global Research & Development, Human Health Care
Jun. 2008 Director, Executive Officer
Jun. 2012 Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jan. 2014 Responsible for Product Quality Management
Jan. 2016 Responsible for Corporate Strategy
Jan. 2019 Responsible for Human Capital Development
Jan. 2021 Director, Chair (current)

Other material position(s)

Outside Director, Panasonic Corporation
Outside Director, Nitto Denko Corporation

Reasons for the appointment

Ever since assuming office as Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012, Mr. Sawada has made a significant contribution in enhancing corporate value, by promoting the "Yoki-Monozukuri"* philosophy which emphasizes R&D and being at the forefront in aiming to "Make Kao a company with a global presence" through the best use of the Kao Group's assets. In January 2021, he assumed the position of Director, Chair and continues to enhance corporate value by supervising management and promoting external activities based on his many years of experience and expertise as Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer. Among such external activities, he has served as Chairman of the Japan Clean Ocean Material Alliance (CLOMA), which carries out initiatives to address the problem of marine plastic waste. Having determined that Mr. Sawada will utilize the aforementioned experience and knowledge, to ensure sustainable growth of the Kao Group, the Company hereby appoints him as a Director.

  • * In Japanese, "yoki" means good or excellent, and "monozukuri" means making or craftsmanship. For us, Yoki-Monozukuri means an excellent creation process that is good for everyone involved and enriches the lives of consumers and customers.
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