Eriko Sakurai


Outside Director

Eriko Sakurai


Jun. 1987 Joined Dow Corning Corporation
May 2008 Director, Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
Mar. 2009 Chairman and CEO, Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2018 Chairman and CEO, Dow Toray Co., Ltd.
Aug. 2020 President, Dow Chemical Japan Limited
Mar. 2022 Director, Kao Corporation (current)

Other material position(s)

Outside Director, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc.
Outside Director, Astellas Pharma Inc.
Outside Director, Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd

Reasons for the appointment

Ms. Sakurai has a wealth of experience in global companies, including many years of corporate management at the Japanese subsidiary of a US chemical manufacturer with global business operations, as well as supervision of management as an Outside Director at a major manufacturer and a financial institution. Based on her experience in the chemical industry, she also has a high level of expertise in the Chemical Business, which comprises the two key pillars of the Kao Group together with the Consumer Products Business. From this perspective, she has been actively giving opinions and making proposals at Board of Directors meetings. In addition, she has been providing advice based on her experience in planning and executing human resources strategies such as remuneration, developing and placement of human capital in global business. The Company expects Ms. Sakurai to continue to supervise the management of the Kao Group as an Independent Outside Director by leveraging her wealth of experience and high level of insight, and for this reason appoints her as an Outside Director.

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