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2011/05/12


Introduction of Outside Director System and Executive Personnel Changes

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced corporate organizational changes and a new line-up of directors and corporate auditors proposed to take effect following the general meeting of shareholders scheduled for June 24, 2011.

 

1. Introduction of Outside Director System
Mazda has decided to restructure its management system in an effort to further enhance corporate governance and transparency of the management. At the 145th general meeting of shareholders the company will propose the introduction of an outside director system and the appointment of two outside directors. In conjunction with this, the Management Advisory Committee, which was formed in 2002 to reflect the knowledge of outside experts in company management, is to be abolished.

 

2. Executive Personnel Change

New Post Current Post Name
Representative Director and Executive Vice President
Assistant to President; Oversight of Technical Domain and Quality; In charge of promoting Monotsukuri Innovation and R&D Liaison Office
Director and Executive Vice President
Assistant to President; Oversight of Technical Domain and Quality; In charge of promoting Monotsukuri Innovation and R&D Liaison Office
Seita Kanai
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
In charge of R&D; Assistant to the Officer in charge of promoting Monotsukuri Innovation;
President, Mazda Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.
Senior Managing Executive Officer
In charge of R&D; Assistant to the Officer in charge of promoting Monotsukuri Innovation;
President, Mazda Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.
Hirotaka Kanazawa
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
Oversight of Global Marketing, Sales and Customer Service; In charge of Customer Tsunagari Innovation and Overseas Sales;
President, Mazda South East Asia Ltd.
Senior Managing Executive Officer
Oversight of Global Marketing, Sales and Customer Service; In charge of Customer Tsunagari Innovation and Overseas Sales;
President, Mazda South East Asia Ltd.
Yuji Nakamine
Director Corporate Auditor Ichiro Sakai
Director - Taizo Muta
Corporate Auditor - Takao Hotta

Note: Mr. Sakai, Mr. Muta and Mr. Hotta are candidates for Outside Director or Outside Corporate Auditor as stipulated in the Companies Act.

 

Directors and Corporate Auditors to step down from their positions

Current Post Name
Representative Director Masaharu Yamaki
Director Masazumi Wakayama
Corporate Auditor Ichiro Sakai

 

Brief Personal Record of New Appointees of Representative Director and Director

 

Seita Kanai

Birth Date:   January 17, 1950
Career Oct. 1974   Joined Mazda Motor Corporation
Jun. 2003 Executive Officer; General Manager, Vehicle Engineering Div. and Assistant to Product Development Officer
Jun. 2004 Managing Executive Officer; In charge of Vehicle Development and Technical Affairs
Apr. 2006 Senior Managing Executive Officer; In charge of R&D
Jun. 2006 Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer; In charge of R&D
Apr. 2007 President, Mazda Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.
Jan. 2009 Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer; In charge of R&D and Program Management
Sep. 2009 Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer; In charge of R&D, Program Management and Power Train Development
Feb. 2010 Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer; In charge of R&D and Program Management
Apr. 2011
-Present
Director and Executive Vice President Assistant to President; Oversight of Technical Domain and Quality; In charge of promoting Monotsukuri Innovation and R&D Liaison Office

 

Hirotaka Kanazawa

Birth Date:   October 3, 1951
Career Apr. 1974   Joined Mazda Motor Corporation
May 2001 General Manager, Vehicle Engineering Div.
Jun. 2003 Executive Officer, In charge of Product Planning & Business Strategy and Technical Research Center
Apr. 2006 Executive Officer, in charge of Vehicle Development and Technical Research Center
Apr. 2008 Managing Executive Officer, In charge of Vehicle Development and Technical Research Center; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation
June 2010 Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Vehicle Development, Electric Drive System Development and Technical Research Center; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation
Apr. 2011
-Present
Senior Managing Executive Officer; in charge of R&D; Assistant to the Officer In charge of promoting Monotsukuri Innovation; President, Mazda Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.

 

Yuji Nakamine

Birth Date:   January 17, 1954
Career Apr. 1977   Joined Mazda Motor Corporation
Mar. 2003 President, AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2005 Executive Officer; President, AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Apr. 2006 Executive Officer; General Manager, Overseas Sales Div.
Apr. 2007
-Present
President, Mazda South East Asia Ltd.
Nov. 2008 Managing Executive Officer; In charge of Overseas Sales; General Manager, Overseas Sales Div.
Apr. 2011
-Present
Senior Managing Executive Officer; Oversight of Global Marketing, Sales and Customer Service; In charge of Customer Tsunagari Innovation and Overseas Sales;

 

Ichiro Sakai

Birth Date:   May 3, 1942
Career Apr. 1968   Appointed Prosecutor
Dec. 1999 Chief Public Prosecutor of the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office
May 2001 Chief of the Research and Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice
Oct. 2002 Superintendent Public Prosecutor of the Hiroshima High Public Prosecutors Office
Jun. 2004 Superintendent Public Prosecutor of the Fukuoka High Public Prosecutors Office
Apr. 2005
-Present
Registered as Lawyer (Daiichi Tokyo Bar Association)
Jun. 2005 Outside Corporate Auditor, Toray Industries, Inc.
Feb. 2006
-Present
Outside Corporate Auditor, Kewpie Corporation
Jun. 2007
-Present
Outside Corporate Auditor, Mazda Motor Corporation

 

Taizo Muta

Birth Date:   June 1, 1937
Career Oct. 1971   Assistant Professor, Research Institute for Fundamental Physics, Kyoto University
Jul. 1982 Professor, Faculty of Science, Hiroshima University
Apr. 1995 Dean, Faculty of Science, Hiroshima University
Apr. 1999 Vice President, Hiroshima University
May 2001 President, Hiroshima University
Oct. 2007 President, Fukuyama University
May 2010
-Present
Resigned as President, Fukuyama University

 

Brief Personal Record of New Appointees of Corporate Auditor

 

Takao Hotta

Birth Date:   January 1, 1946
Career Apr. 1968   Joined Finance Ministry
Jul. 1997 Director-general of Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission
Jul. 1998 Master of the mint of Finance Ministry
Jul. 1999 Senior director of The Tokyo International Financial Futures Exchange
Jun. 2003 Vice president of Japan Tobacco Inc.
Jun. 2007
-Present
Representative director and President of Osaka Securities Finance Company, Ltd.
Jun. 2007
-Present
Outside Director of ODK Solutions Company, Ltd.

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