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Messages from External Directors and Auditors

Last Updated: 2017.12.08
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A Responsible, Accountable Public Company

Tadashi Yanai has a strong sense of morality, but it is extremely important that the company transitions from a 'my company' under Mr. Yanai, to a more public 'your company.' As an external director, I closely monitor and evaluate Fast Retailing growth on behalf of company stakeholders to ensure all achievements are healthy and correct, and offer advice to aid Fast Retailing's quest to become the world's No.1 brand.

Toru Hambayashi, External Director

Toru Hambayashi,
External Director

Appointed November 2005. Former president of Nichimen Corp. and chairman and co-CEO of Sojitz Holdings Corp. (currently Sojitz Corp.). Currently serving as an external director at UNITIKA LTD. and DAIKYO INCORPORATED, and Adviser at MAEDA CORP. and The Association for the Promotion of International Trade, Japan.


Maximizing Corporate Value

As Fast Retailing enters a new phase of growth, the Board of Directors' role as a key collective that consistently highlights and considers risk-side factors is more important than ever. I want to apply my experience at a major US investment bank to objectively judge how capital markets perceive Fast Retailing's corporate value, and suggest how to best increase that value. I am committed to providing further broad support going forward.

Nobumichi Hattori, External Director

Nobumichi Hattori,
External Director

Appointed November 2005. Formerly worked at Goldman Sachs. Currently an M&A research specialist. Visiting professor at Waseda Business School (Graduate School of Business and Finance). External Auditor at Frontier Management Inc. External director at Hakuhodo DY Holdings Inc. Visiting professor at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Keio University.


Actively Nurturing Management Skill

Fast Retailing is working hard to become a true global retailer, and so it is important that management teams can communicate effectively beyond the borders of regions, operations and functions in order to resolve any issues swiftly. I am committed to actively nurturing management personnel, and encouraging employees all over the world to develop managerial mindsets. I intend to continue active suggesting ideas and different perspectives.

Toru Murayama, External Director

Toru Murayama,
External Director

Appointed November 2007. Previously representative director, chairman and president of Accenture Japan Ltd. Currently a visiting professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Waseda University, specializing in management design. External director at Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.


A Clear Path to Faster Globalization

Fast Retailing has moved from forming a cohesive corporate Group, to globalization and is now facing a new stage of transforming itself into a digital consumer retail company. I believe the company is also making solid investments in new fields such as reforming its distribution and IT systems. In such periods of operational change, it is important to nurture truly talented managers who can serve as the dynamic drivers of growth. I believe the company is steadily expanding personnel who exhibit a strong desire to take on new challenges. Fast Retailing's Board of Directors should also work as a unified team to help accelerate the company's progress, and contribute to future growth.

Masaaki Shintaku, External Director

Masaaki Shintaku,
External Director

Appointed November 2009. Previously executive vice president of Oracle Corp. (U.S.) and chairman of Oracle Corp. (Japan). Currently, vice chairman of Special Olympics Nippon Foundation and an external director at Works Applications Co., Ltd.


Diversity-focused Management Advice

I always try to express opinions in management discussions that promote diversity. I try to consider how a director from a country other than Japan would view a particular point and then inject that perspective into the Fast Retailing management debate. As an external director, I want to firmly support future growth by pointing out problems with any policy direction, and offering objective, appropriate advice regarding new business areas.

Takashi Nawa, External Director

Takashi Nawa
External Director

Appointed November 2012. Previously a director of McKinsey & Company. Currently a professor in the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University, President of Genesis Partners, and external director at NEC Capital Solutions Limited, DENSO CORPORATION and Ajinomoto Co., Inc.


Offering Multifaceted Advice

Fast Retailing is in uncharted waters, facing new issues and unforeseen challenges across all its operations. As statutory auditors, we should support the Group in its swift, determined pursuit of future growth opportunities, but our overriding priority must always be to minimize risk by offering advice from various specialist standpoints. The best way I can help Fast Retailing is to be vigilant and consistent in supporting the formation of solid systems and procedures.

Takaharu Yasumoto, Statutory Auditor

Keiko Kaneko
Statutory Auditor

Appointed November 2012. Currently a partner in the Anderson Mori & Tomotsune law firm. Also serves as statutory auditor at UNIQLO CO., LTD. and external statutory auditor at The Asahi Shimbun Company.

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