ANA has made changes to its board. Yuji Hirako (pictured), executive vice president and member of the board, will succeed Osamu Shinobe as president and CEO from 1 April 2017. Meanwhile Shinobe will become vice chairman of ANA Holdings.
Shinobe was appointed president and CEO of ANA in April 2013. According to a press release from the company, under his leadership, ANA has achieved a major expansion of its international network from Haneda and Narita Airport.
Meanwhile Hirako has held a wide range of senior positions within the airline over 36 years. He has also handled major divisions, including passenger services at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, revenue management, finance and accounting, and marketing and sales.
Hirako joined the board of ANA in 2015 when he was named executive vice president, accounting. Under his leadership, ANA Group has achieved record income and profit, and built a solid foundation for future growth, said the company.
He has also held a senior role in ANA’s network planning division during a time when the airline greatly expanded international scheduled services, increasing its presence across Asia, Europe and North America.
Prior to taking up this position, Hirako was senior vice president for The Americas, during which time he oversaw the inauguration of services to the North American destinations of Seattle, San Jose, and Vancouver.