World Conference on Fabric and Home Care


Speaker Biographies


Ian Bell

Head of Home Care Research, Euromonitor International, United Kingdom

Ian Bell manages the research programme for the global home care industry at Euromonitor International, which he joined in February 2001.

In his current post, Bell has direct responsibility over the content and quality of Euromonitor’s Home Care research, which provides strategic analysis of the global market as well as in-depth coverage of 80 countries worldwide. He is also responsible for working with the international Home Care client base of Euromonitor’s online database, Passport.

Mr. Bell has had numerous articles published in professional publications and frequently speaks at key industry events around the world.

Euromonitor International is the leading provider of global strategic intelligence on consumer markets, with offices in London, Chicago, Singapore, Shanghai, Vilnius, Dubai, Cape Town, and Sydney. With a network of 600 in-country analysts worldwide, Euromonitor has published internationally, for more than 30 years, respected market research reports, business reference books, and online information systems, providing strategic business intelligence for the world’s leading FMCG multinationals.

Before joining the global research team at Euromonitor International, he worked initially as a Japanese FMCG Research Analyst and then as Research Manager overseeing FMCG market research for Northern Europe, including the UK, Germany, and Russia.

Mr. Bell has a degree in Japanese Studies (BSC) from the University of Sheffield, and has also studied at Nagoya University.


Asit K. Biswas

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore; Founder, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico

Prof. Asit K. Biswas is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on water and environmental management. He is co-founder of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and currently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore. Formerly a Professor in UK Canada and Sweden, he was member of the World Commission on Water, and a founder of the International Water Resources Association and World Water Council. He has been senior advisor to 20 governments, six Heads of United Nations Agencies, two Secretary-Generals of OECD, and many other major international and national organizations. He is Past President of the International Water Resources Association and founder and co-chair of the Club of Tokyo.

Among his numerous awards are the Crystal Drop and Millennium Prizes of the International Water Resources Association, and the Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineering. He received the Stockholm Water Prize, considered to be the Nobel Prize in the area of water, for “his outstanding and multi-faceted contributions to global water resource issues;” the Person of the Year Award from Prime Minister Harper of Canada; the Aragon Environment Prize of Spain; the Excellence Award for Achievements from New Global Indian Foundation; and the Hind Rattan Award (Jewel of India). Reuters named him one of the top 10 water trailblazers of the world. He was selected by Impeller magazine as a “true global water hero,” and in 2015 he was named the world’s second most influential water industry leader by Water and Wastewater International of UK.

Prof. Biswas was a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, and is currently member of the International Advisory Board, Pictet Investments, Geneva; member of the Advisory Board, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur; and Strategic Advisor, Singapore International Water Week.

Robert Blazej

Senior Manager, Head of San Francisco Unit, Novozymes, USA

Robert Blazej leads Novozymes’ San Francisco Digital Biotechnology unit. He was co-founder and CEO of Allopartis Biotechnologies, a company created to develop optimized biocatalysts for industrial enzymes and synthetic biology. Allopartis was acquired by Novozymes in 2013.

Robert earned his doctorate in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco for the design, implementation, and characterization of microfluidic systems for next-generation DNA sequencing. He is an experienced biotechnologist with a broad skillset combining science, business, and intellectual property.


James Carnahan

Global Sustainability Manager, Archroma Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore

James Carnahan is currently responsible to further intensify the business focus on more sustainable solutions for the textile value chain. With 36 years’ experience in the textile industry James started his career working in fabric manufacture, in a textile mill, applying the principles of quality assurance in order to develop and maximize “right first time” processes in the exhaust dyeing of cotton, polyester and blends thereof. A move to ICI, and later BASF provided James with the opportunity to use his industry experience to continue this approach in the development and the resultant sales and marketing of textile dyes and chemicals which provide many solutions aimed at process re-engineering in fabric manufacture to reduce environmental impact and resources requirements. During his career James has travelled to and supported many markets, having been based in South Africa, Italy, Germany, China and Singapore.
In his last role with BASF, he was responsible for portfolio strategy development and implementation, with focus on developing sustainable solutions to support the textile value chain in this direction.


Shailesh Jejurikar

President Global Fabric Care and Brand Building Organization, The Procter & Gamble Company, USA

Shailesh Jejurikar is the President, Global Fabric Care and Brand Building Organization, Global Fabric & Home Care; prior to assuming this position, he was President, Fabric Care, North America. He also held the positions of Brand Building Organization, Global Fabric & Home Care, and Global New Business Creation.

Mr. Jejurikar graduated from Mumbai University in 1987; and received his MBA in 1989 from the Indian Institute of Management-Lucknow. He joined P&G as Assistant Brand Manager, Personal Health Care, India in 1989 and has held various positions.

Mr. Jejurikar currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is active in the local school system, serving on the Board of Trustees for the Cincinnati Country Day School, Cincinnati, since 2012. He is a Board Member for the American Cleaning Institute and has been a Member of the Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Business Advisory Board, since 2009.


Rahul Kale

Head of Oleochemical & Biofuels, Wilmar, Singapore

Rahul Kale is responsible for Wilmar’s global Oleochemical and Biofuels business, one of the world’s largest in its categories. His association with Wilmar is from 2005, Wilmar's initial entry into the Oleochemicals and Biofuels business initially as kemOleo Pte. Ltd., which he founded as a trader and consultant in August 2004 to a joint venture with Wilmar to being wholly owned by Wilmar International since 2007. He formerly headed the oleochemicals and biofuels business for Peter Cremer GMBH. Prior to that, he headed the Marketing and Operations division for Natural Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd, Malaysia. Mr. Kale started his career with Brooke Bond, India as a management trainee in 1984. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and a Masters from the University of Delhi.


Masazumi Kikukawa

Executive Director, Executive Officer, Lion Corporation, Japan

Masazumi Kikukawa joined Lion Corporation after graduating from the Agricultural Department at Tokyo University in 1984.

Mr. Kikukawa was responsible for research management as the Director of Fabric Care Research Laboratories in 2006. After accepting the position as the Director of Fabric Care Business Department in 2008, he moved into a new field as the Executive Officer and the Executive General Manager of Household Product Division in 2010. Then he was named next position as Director Executive Officer and the Executive General Manager of Health and Home Care Products Division in 2012, and he has been successfully expanding the Health and Home Care business for recent 4 years. Mr. Kikukawa is currently Executive Director, Executive Officer responsible mainly for Health and Home Care Business.


Tobias Kimmel

Professor, Cleaning Technology, University of Applied Science Niederrhein, Germany

After graduation as chemical engineer, he worked for five years as a scientific assistant at the Technical University Berlin. His esearch was focused on the interaction of catalysis, microemulsions, and reaction kinetics. After graduation, he started at Miele in 2005. There, he was responsible for the development and interaction of different systems: design of new washing processes, detergent formulation, and dosing systems. In 2012, he became professor for Cleaning Technology at the University of Applied Sciences, Niederrhein, Germany. The University has profound expertise in textile technology and cleaning processes. It was built by fusing higher schools of education starting in 1855 with a weaving school, which became 1883 the Royal Weaving, Dyeing and Finishing School (Königliche Webe-, Färberei- und Appreturschule). Kimmel is head of the SEPAWA Professional Cleaning & Care section.


Lauren Lieberman

Managing Director, Barclays, USA

Lauren Lieberman is a Managing Director at Barclays following the Cosmetics, Household and Personal Care sector within the US Equity Research division. She has regularly been named to the Institutional Investor “All-America Research” team since 2006 and has been recognized quarterly as a top resource to Barclays’ equity client base. She has a long-standing relationship with many of the largest companies in and around the Consumer Staples space, and has been a frequent participant in corporate strategy sessions and off-site meetings to share her perspective on the key opportunities and challenges for the industry. Prior to Barclays, she was with Lehman Brothers until 2008 and with Credit Suisse. Ms. Lieberman holds a BA from Dartmouth College in Psychology and Economics, and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.


Frithjof Netzer

Senior Vice President, BASF 4.0, BASF SE, Germany

Frithjof Netzer leads the digital transformation at BASF across divisions, regions, and functions with the BASF 4.0 project.

Digital core technologies, such as internet of things, big data analytics, mobility devices, and augmented reality are systematically merged with BASF’s value chain. This includes procurement, supply chain, logistics, engineering, manufacturing, marketing & sales, and innovation. Based on this, BASF adds value to customers through digitally enabled products and services. Horizontal and vertical connections are used to increase effectiveness and efficiency of customer and supplier interactions.

Netzer joined BASF in 1999, and held a variety of business and procurement leadership roles in coatings, hygiene, petrochemicals, and performance chemicals. His jobs were located in Münster, Germany; Mt. Olive, NJ, USA; Charlotte, NC, USA; Ludwigshafen, Germany; and Hong Kong.


Torsten Pilz

Vice President Worldwide Operations, Global Specialty Fulfillment, Amazon

Torsten Pilz is Vice President of Worldwide Operations at Amazon overseeing operations for AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry, Prime Now and Amazon Campus. Prior to joining Amazon, Pilz was SVP of Supply Chain and Operations for Henkel in North America and the Global Head of Supply Chain Management for Henkel Beauty Care. Pilz holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering.


Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever, United Kingdom

Paul Polman actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a member of The B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact and the Consumer Goods Forum, where he co-chairs the Sustainability Committee.

Mr. Polman has been closely involved in global discussions on action to tackle climate change and the post-2015 Development Agenda. He served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, whose flagship report “New Climate Economy” demonstrates that lasting economic growth can be achieved at the same time as reducing the immense risk of climate change. At the invitation of the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Polman also served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations for the successor to the Millennium Development Goals.

Other roles include: UK Business Ambassador by invitation of UK Prime Minister David Cameron, member of the Global Taskforce for Scaling up Nutrition, and Counsellor of One Young World. Polman was co-chair of the B-20 Food Security Task Force. Since 2010, Mr. Polman has been a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.

In recognition of his contributions to responsible business, Mr. Polman has received numerous awards and accolades, including WWF's Duke of Edinburgh Gold Conservation Medal (2013), the Centre for Global Development's Commitment to Development Ideas in Action Award (2013), the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the UN Foundation's Champion for Global Change Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015), and the UN Environment Programme's Champion of the Earth Award (2015).

He earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, in 1977, and an MA Economics and MBA finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of Universities, including Newcastle, Liverpool, Groningen and the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Polman is married with three children. In a personal capacity, he is Chairman of Perkins School for the Blind International Advisory Board and serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.


Navi Radjou

Navi Radjou is a Silicon Valley-based innovation and leadership advisor. A Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School, Mr. Radjou has served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation and contributes to Harvard Business Review online. He won the 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award and spoke at TED Global 2014. Mr. Radjou is the co-author of Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With Less (2015, Economist Books). He is a sought-after keynote speaker, widely quoted in international media. An Indian-born French national, Mr. Radjou lives in Palo Alto, California.


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Tom Szaky

Founder and CEO, TerraCycle, Inc., USA

Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of otherwise non-recyclable waste. Across 21 countries TerraCycle creates national platforms to collect and recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration, in collaboration with the world’s largest brands (i.e. Pepsico to P&G), retailers (i.e. Staples to WalMart) to cities (i.e. Tokyo to New Orleans).

Through TerraCycle, Tom is pioneering a new waste management process, involving manufacturers, retailers, governments and consumers, to create circular solutions for materials ranging from cigarette butts to cosmetic waste and coffee capsules to laboratory waste that otherwise have no other path to be recycled.

Tom is the author of three books, Revolution in a Bottle (2009, Portfolio) and Outsmart Waste(2014, Berrett-Koehler) and Make Garbage Great (2015, HarperCollins). Tom created, produced and stars in a TerraCycle focused TV show, Human Resources currently airing in 25 countries - from Pivot TV in the US to SBS2 in Australia. Tom and TerraCycle have received over 200 social, environmental and business awards from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Forbes Magazine, Ernst & Young, and the Environmental Protection Agency.


Sze Wee Tan

Executive Director, A*STAR Science and Engineering Council (SERC), Singapore

Prof. Sze Wee Tan, is currently the Executive Director of A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Council (SERC). His career in A*STAR began in 2009, where he held the appointment of Programme Director of the Medical Technology initiative in SERC. His next appointment was as Director of SERC’s Strategic Initiatives, where he oversaw all SERC cluster-led R&D development. In October 2012, Prof. Tan was promoted to Deputy Executive Director in the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC). His experience with the SERC RIs enabled BMRC to engage companies in these industry sectors holistically, cross-promoting the multi-disciplinary capabilities available at both Councils to meet the needs of companies. He helped to pave the way for growth of A*STAR’s engagements with companies in the Food & Nutrition, Medical Technology, and Consumer Care sectors, with leading MNCs like GE Healthcare, Nestlé, Coca Cola, and P&G.

Prof. Tan is Adjunct Professor at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore. He is also Chairman of the Singapore Stanford Biodesign Steering Committee, and member of the steering committee of Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore.

Prof. Tan was formerly the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rockeby Biomed Limited. Prior to joining Rockeby, he was the Asia-Pacific Associate Regional Medical Director (Asia Regional Office) for Mead Johnson Nutritionals, a division of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, from 1997 to 2001.

Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from the National University of Singapore, and attained his Masters of Business Administration from Warwick University, UK. He attended the Stanford Executive Programme at the Stanford Graduate School Business. He is an affiliate member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, UK. He is a registered medical practitioner with the Singapore Medical Council and the Hong Kong Medical Council.


Mathieu Trépanier

Managing Director, Tsquared Consulting Partners, Switzerland

Dr. Mathieu Trépanier is a co-founder of Tsquared Consulting Partners, a global insights company focused on big data modeling, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Trépanier is also an affiliate researcher at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

He lectures at some of the world’s top universities, including INSEAD, where he is a guest speaker in the Healthcare Compliance Implementation Leadership Programmes.

Prior to founding Tsquared Consulting Partners, Trépanier was Vice President, science, technology, and innovation at FirstSight Group LLC, USA.

Trépanier holds a PhD in managerial economics and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (USA), a MSc in applied economics from HEC Montréal, Canada, and a Bachelor’s degree in international business management from Laval University, Canada. He also studied finance at Audencia School of Management.


Stanislav Vecera

President and Representative Director, The Procter & Gamble Company, Japan

Stanislav Vecera is President, Representative, Procter & Gamble Japan, one of the major local operations for The Procter & Gamble Company, US-based leading FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) company in the world. He received a B.S. degree in Marketing and Management from The Mendel University in the Czech Republic. He joined P&G as sales representative of P&G Czech/Slovak Republics in July 1991. During his 25 years of services in P&G, he had multiple global assignments, including Account Executive of P&G USA, and Sales Country Manager of Czech Slovak Republic, as well as Central Europe South. He was also the Beauty Care Market Strategy & Planning Manager of AAI (Australia, NZ, ASEAN, and India), and Vice President for broader markets in the African region, and then assumed the current assignment as the leader of Japan organization.


Roberto Verganti

Professor of Management of Innovation, School of Management Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches in the School of Management and the School of Design, and where he directs MaDe In Lab, the laboratory on the MAnagement of DEsign and INnovation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice, at the Copenhagen Business School and at the California Polytechnic University. Roberto serves on the European Design Leadership Board of the European Commission, where he is also a High Level Expert in Research, Innovation and Science for Commissioner Carlos Moedas. His research on management of design and design clusters has been awarded the Compasso d'Oro (the most prestigious design award in Italy).

Verganti’s research focuses on how leaders and organizations create innovations that people love. He explores how to generate radically new visions, and make those visions come real. His studies lie at the intersection between strategy, design and technology management. In his research Roberto combines methodologies of in-depth analysis of cases with experimentations with pioneering firms, in a variety of industries and contexts.

Verganti is the author of “Design-Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating what Things Mean” published by Harvard Business Press in 2009, which has been selected by the Academy of Management for the George R. Terry Book Award as one of the best books that have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge. It has been translated in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian and Portuguese.

He has issued more than 150 articles, including “Developing Products on Internet Time” published on Management Science, and “Innovating Through Design”, “Which Kind of Collaboration is Right for You”, and “Designing Breakthrough Products” all published on the Harvard Business Review He has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, BusinessWeek and is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review online magazine. Roberto is currently framing its latest research, inspirations and experiences in the book “Innovation of Meaning”, due 2016 with MIT Press, where he provides processes and methods to create breakthrough visions.

Verganti, together with his team of like-minded researchers-consultants, has served as advisor to executives and senior managers at a wide variety of manufacturing and service firms, including Ferrari, Ducati, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Gucci, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Microsoft, IBM, Vodafone, Whirlpool, Nestlè, L’Oréal, ABB, Bausch + Lomb, Prysmian, Tetrapak, ARUP, SKY NewsCorp, and Deloitte. He has also helped national and regional governments around the world to conceive design and innovation policies.

For his latest article “The Innovative Power of Criticism” in the January-February issue of Harvard Business Review, see here:


Craig M. Vogel

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies; Director, Center for Design Research and Innovation, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati; President, Live Well Collaborative, USA

Craig M. Vogel is Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the college of Design Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati (UC), and President of Live Well Collaborative, USA. He is also a professor in the School of Design with an appointment in Industrial Design. He is a Fellow, Past President-Elect and Chair of the Board of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Most recently (2015) he was recognized as one of 50 Notable IDSA Members. He is co-author of the book Creating Breakthrough Products (2012, Financial Times Prentice Hall), with Professor Jonathan Cagan. He was recognized as one of the most-admired design educators in the US in both the 2008 and 2011 Design Intelligence publications, listing the best design and architecture schools.

During the last 25 years, Professor Vogel has been a consultant to over 20 companies and advised and managed dozens of research projects and design studios collaborating with industry. He co-founded Live Well Collaborative (LWC) in 2006, a joint venture between UC and P&G. He serves as President and is active on its Board of Directors. The LWC has several corporate members, and is a non-profit organization that forms interdisciplinary teams to design products and services for 50+ consumers. UC professors and student teams from the colleges of DAAP, Business, Medicine, Nursing, and Engineering work with faculty to respond to projects proposed by LWC members. To date, the collaborative has worked on over 50 different projects in the fields of health care, consumer goods, financial advising, and airline travel. In 2015 he was appointed by Dr. William Ball, V.P. of Research, to lead a four-college interdisciplinary research initiative for the University of Cincinnati focused on Wellness. It is now in the second phase and has adopted the working title “University of Cincinnati Wellbeing Initiative".


John C. Warner

President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC, USA

John C. Warner is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he served as tenured full professor at UMASS Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering). In 2007, he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (a research organization developing green chemistry technologies), where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer; and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice (2000, Oxford University Press), with Paul Anastas. He has published over 250 patents, papers, and books. His recent work in the fields of pharmaceuticals, personal care products, solar energy, and construction and paving materials are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially-relevant applications. Warner received the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring (considered one of the highest awards for US academia), the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002, and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.


Siegfried Winkelbeiner

CEO, Schoeller Textil AG, Switzerland

Siegfried Winkelbeiner joined the Swiss company Schoeller Textil AG in February 2011, in April 2012 he took on the position as CEO. He brings many years of experience in the chemical industry from his previous roles at Ciba in Basel, Switzerland where he began with his apprenticeship as a textile technician. Following graduation as a Certified Chemist HTL in 1978, his career took him to South Africa and Thailand for many years. Following his return in 1985 to Basel, he held various positions in the international organization of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Inc. and was a member of the Global Leadership Board. From 2008 onwards, he was stationed in Hungary where he supervised the expansion of Ciba in Central and Eastern Europe. Ciba was taken over by BASF in 2009. Before joining Schoeller in February 2011, he was responsible for integration and change management at BASF.


Katsuhiko Yoshida

Representative Director, Senior Managing Executive Officer, President, Consumer Products, Global, Kao Corporation, Japan

Katsuhiko Yoshida’s career spans more than 35 years in marketing, product development, and brand strategy for Kao Corporation’s wide range of consumer products.

His career achievements include leveraging innovation to create an entirely new product category, relaxation-focused eye care, by spearheading the development and launch of Kao’s self-warming steam eye masks, one of the company’s strongest selling personal care products. Mr. Yoshida also oversaw the development and commercialization of Kao’s refillable dish detergent pouches, the company’s first refillable packaging.

In 2007, he took the helm of Kao’s human health care business unit, and, in 2010, was appointed head of its fabric and home care business unit for Japan and Asia. In 2014, he was named Managing Executive Officer; Representative Director; and President, Consumer Products, Global, and, in 2015, became a Senior Managing Executive Officer.

Mr. Yoshida is on the board of directors for the Nikkei Advertising Research Institute and is Vice President of the Japan Dentifrice Manufacturers Association.

He was born in Kyoto, Japan and joined Kao Corporation in 1979 after graduating from Osaka University’s School of Human Sciences.