Takeshi Niinami

President and CEO
Suntory Holdings Limited

Date of Birth: 30 January, 1959

1991 MBA (with distinction), Harvard Business School, Boston
1979 – 80 Exchange student, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Professional Experiences:
Suntory Holdings Ltd,
October 2014 to Present President & Chief Executive Officer, Member of the Board, Representative Director
August 2014 – September 2014 Advisor
Lawson, Inc.
May 2014 – July 2014 Chairman of the Board
May 2013 – May 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Representative Director
May 2002 – May 2013 President & CEO, Representative Director
Mitsubishi Corporation
April 2001 – May 2002 General Manager, LAWSON Project Management Unit & Food Service Business Unit, Consumer Business Division
July 1999 – April 2001 Section Manager, Food Service Management Team, Marketing & Technology Dept, the Living Essentials Group
June 1995 – July 1999 CEO of Sodex Corporation (Currently LEOC Japan)
April 1981 Joined Mitsubishi Corporation
Professional Memberships:
Japan Association of Corporate Executives
April 2010 – April 2016 Vice Representative
April 2011 – October 2014 Chairman, Committee on Agricultural Reform
October 2012
– March 2013
Chairman, Committee to Support Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Bid, as a representative of the business community
April 2009 – April 2011 Chairman, Committee on Americas-Japan Relations
World Economic Forum
2015 to Present Member of International Business Council
2014 to
August 2016
Member of Global Agenda Council on Japan
2012 Chairman of Role of Business, Global Agenda Council
Asia Business Council
2007 to Present Member
Council on Foreign Relations
November 2016 - Member of Global Board of Advisor
Other Memberships
2014 to Present Member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy (Senior Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister)
2013 to Present Member of the Tax Commission of the Government
2013 –
August 2014
Member of Industrial Competitiveness Council of Japan(Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe)
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Secretariat of 18th Nikkei Global Management Forum (NGMF2016)