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Directors & Officers

(As of March 30, 2017)

Directors

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ralph AlvarezCareer
Summary

Chairman of the Board of Directors Ralph Alvarez

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Ralph Alvarez

Career Summary

Dec. 1977 Entered Burger King Corporation
Nov. 1990 Wendy's International, Inc.
May 1994 McDonald's Corporation
Jan. 2003 COO of McDonald's USA, LLC
Jan. 2004 President of McDonald's USA, LLC
Jan. 2005 President of McDonald's North America
Aug. 2006 President and COO of McDonald's Corporation
Feb. 2009 Director of Eli Lilly and Company (to present)
Aug. 2010 Director of Lowe's Companies, Inc. (to present)
May 2012 Lead Independent Director of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. (to present)
Jan. 2013 Chairman of the Board of Directors of Former Skylark 3 (*1)
Aug. 2013 Director of Realogy Holdings Corp. (to present)
Jul. 2014 Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company (to present)

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his excellent management skills cultivated through the involvement in the global restaurant business as well as his abundant experience in global deployment for the domestic and international business development of the whole Group. Therefore, the Company has elected him as a Corporate Director.

  • *1 BCJ Holdings 6 Co., Ltd. absorbed and merged with Former Skylark 2 and changed its trade name to Skylark Co., Ltd. on June 1, 2012.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Makoto TaniCareer
Summary

President and Chief Executive Officer Makoto Tani

President and Chief Executive Officer
Makoto Tani

Career Summary

Apr. 1977 Entered Former Skylark 1 (*1)
Dec. 1987 Director and General Manager of Sales Division of NILAX Inc.
Jan. 2000 President and Representative Director of NILAX Inc.
Jan. 2007 President and Representative Director of NILAX Inc. and Executive Officer in charge of HD Business Strategy Group No. 1 of Former Skylark 1 (*1)
Oct. 2007 Managing Executive Officer and General Manager of No. 2 Sales Division of Former Skylark 2 (*2)
Aug. 2008 President and Representative Director of Former Skylark 2
Sep. 2008 President and Representative Director and General Manager of Corporate Planning Division of Former Skylark 2
Feb. 2011 President and Representative Director and General Manager of Product Division of Former Skylark 2
Jun. 2012 President and Representative Director of Former Skylark 3 (*3)
Jul. 2014 President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company (to present)

Reason for Appointment

After gaining sales experience at stores since joining the Company in 1977, he has successively held various posts including General Manager of Business Division, the President and Chief Executive Officer of NILAX CO., LTD, and assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (present) of the Company since 2008. Throughout his career, he has accumulated a wealth of business experiences at the whole Group and insights regarding general business, business operation, and management and operation in the field of family restaurants, as well as consumer marketing in the restaurant market. Therefore, the Company has elected him as a Corporate Director.

  • *1 Sankei Seika Co., Ltd. changed its trade name to Skylark Co., Ltd in October 1974.
  • *2 SNC Investment Co., Ltd. absorbed and merged with Former Skylark 1 and changed its trade name to Skylark Co., Ltd. on July 1, 2007.
  • *3 BCJ Holdings 6 Co., Ltd. absorbed and merged with Former Skylark 2 and changed its trade name to Skylark Co., Ltd. on June 1, 2012.
  • The current Company absorbed and merged with Former Skylark 3 and changed its trade name to Skylark Co., Ltd. on July 1, 2014.
Corporate Director and Managing Director of Finance Division
Atsushi KitamuraCareer
Summary

Corporate Director and Managing Director of Finance Division
Atsushi Kitamura

Career Summary

Joined Procter & Gamble Far East, Inc. (Currently P&G Japan, KK ) in 1995, served as Associate Director of Finance & Accounting. Transferred to TNT Express Worldwide (Japan) Inc., served as Senior Executive Director, then General Manager of Management Division in charge of Operations Division. Joined SKYLARK CO., LTD. in 2013, served as Managing Director of Finance Division from 2016. In March 2017, appointed as Corporate Director of the Company.

Reason for Appointment

Since joining the Company in 2013, he has achieved results in the Company’s financial strategy, which include the listing of the Company’s shares by the Finance Division, and the Company believes that he will leverage this along with his globally oriented financial experience gained at foreign firms and a wealth of experience accumulated through his service as Director at companies of different industries for the Company’s financial strategy. The Company therefore requests approval to elect him as a Corporate Director.

Director
Yuji SugimotoCareer
Summary

Director
Yuji Sugimoto

Career Summary

Entered Mitsubishi Corporation in 1992. In 2006, he became a Managing Director of Bain Capital Asia, LLC (to present), where he is currently Japan Representative. After serving in positions including Director of Domino's Pizza Japan, Inc., he became an Outside Director of the Company in 2011. He has served in that post since 2014.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his wealth of experience concerning corporate growth and extensive knowledge developed through his abundant experience in various enterprises including the restaurant industry, achievements in investment and business support for various Japanese enterprises, and his global experiences for the Company’s management. The Company therefore requests approval to elect him as a Corporate Director.

Outside Director
David Gross-LohCareer
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Outside Director
David Gross-Loh

Career Summary

Entered NEC Corporation in 1992. In 2008, he became a Managing Director of Bain Capital Asia, LLC. After serving in positions including Director of D&M Holdings Inc., he became an Outside Director of the Company in 2012. He currently holds the post.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his abundant experience in various enterprises including the restaurant business for the whole Group’ s management, provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision regarding the production that utilizes the whole Group’s infrastructure, construction of logistics system, sales and promotion, etc. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Director.

Outside Director
Atsushi NishijoCareer
Summary

Outside Director
Atsushi Nishijo

Career Summary

Entered Sumitomo Corporation in 1965. After serving in positions including Director and Executive Vice President of Sumitomo Corporation and Chairman and Representative Director of SCSK Corporation, he became an Outside Director of the Company in 2014. He currently holds the post. He is also an Outside Director of Brother Industries, Ltd., an Advisor at Sumitomo Corporation and Chairman of Japan Cable and Telecommunications Association.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his experience at trading companies and deep insight as a corporate manager to the whole Group’s management, and provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision that contribute to the benefit of the stakeholders of the whole Group. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Director.

Outside Director
Atsushi YokoyamaCareer
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Outside Director
Atsushi Yokoyama

Career Summary

Entered The Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation in 1992. In 2008, he was transferred to Bain Capital Asia, LLC, where he became a Managing Director in 2015. He became an Outside Director of the Company in 2015 and currently serves in the post.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his abundant experience and deep insight in the restaurant business, the media industry such as internet and cable TV providers for the whole Group’s management, and provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision regarding the production that utilizes the whole Group’s infrastructure, construction of logistics system, sales and promotion, etc. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Director.

Outside Director
Yukihiro WadaCareer
Summary

Outside Director
Yukihiro Wada

Career Summary

After graduating university, Mr. Wada joined the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Bank, Ltd.) in 1992. Work experience includes Research & Planning Division of the Minister's Secretariat of Ministry of Finance, McKinsey & Company Inc. Japan, and EVP & COO of Alpen Co., Ltd., Head of Japan & Managing Partner of Kurt Salmon Japan, and CEO & President of Interbrand Japan, Inc. He currently serves as Head of Strategy & Sales Development in charge of Business & Industry Intelligence at Google Japan.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his abundant experience and deep insight regarding formulation and implementation of strategies concerning a wide range of topics that include branding activities and sophistication of marketing in extensive fields of industry, as well as organizational reformation, and provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision regarding branding and promotion strategies of the whole Group. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Director.

Corporate Auditors

Corporate Auditor
Makoto SuzukiCareer
Summary

Corporate Auditor
Makoto Suzuki

Career Summary

Entered the Company in 1979. After serving in positions including General Manager of Kitakanto No. 2 Sales Department, Manager of President's Office and Manager of Internal Audit Office, he became full-time Corporate Auditor in 2011 and currently serves in the post.

Reason for Appointment

Since joining the Company in 1979, he has gained sales experience at stores and successively held various posts including the Division Manager, Manager of President's Office, Division manager of internal audit division, etc. Throughout his career, he has accumulated a wealth of business experiences in the Skylark Co., Ltd. and insights regarding company’s management. Therefore, the Company has elected him as a Corporate Director.

Outside Corporate Auditor
Fumio TaharaCareer
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Outside Corporate Auditor
Fumio Tahara

Career Summary

Entered the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (currently the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) in 1972, and held the posts of Director-General of the Minister's Secretariat and Director-General of the Fisheries Agency. He became an Outside Corporate Auditor of the Company in 2014 and currently holds the post. He is also a part-time Advisor at Yanmar Co., Ltd. and Kyokuyo Co., Ltd.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that his wealth of experiences at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Fisheries Agency, and industry groups will be needed for the Company’s growth. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Auditor.

Outside Corporate Auditor
Mitsuhiro NagataCareer
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Outside Corporate Auditor
Mitsuhiro Nagata

Career Summary

Entered Saitama Bank (currently Resona Bank, Limited) in 1981. Thereafter, held the positions of General Manager of the Corporate Finance Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Managing Director at Union Bank of Switzerland, UBS Securities Japan Co., Ltd. and Merrill Lynch Securities Co., Ltd. (currently Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd.). Currently serves as Representative Lawyer at Yoyogi Uehara Law Office and as Outside Director of JIP CAPITAL INC. and Outside Auditor of EduLab, Inc.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his operational experiences at financial institutions, as well as a wealth of experience and deep insight as an attorney-at-law, for the appropriate audit of the Company’s management. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Auditor.

Outside Corporate Auditor
Tatsuya AoyagiCareer
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Outside Corporate Auditor
Tatsuya Aoyagi

Career Summary

Joined Tohmatsu & Co. (currently Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC) in 1993. Then, served as Corporate Director, Share Generate KK, and Outside Auditor, AmLead Co., Ltd. Outside Auditor, BT Holdings Co., Ltd. (currently Primagest, Inc.) Currently serves as Representative Director, Heartworth Partners, and Outside Director, mixi, Inc.

Reason for Appointment

The Company believes that he will leverage his wealth of experiences as a certified public accountant and tax accountant and knowledge related to the accounting and financial affairs for the appropriate audit of the Company’s management. Therefore, the Company has elected him as an Outside Auditor.

Executive Officers

Managing Executive Officer
Managing Director of Corporate Support Division and Managing Director of Human Capital Management Division
Minoru KanayaCareer
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Managing Executive Officer
Managing Director of Corporate Support Division and Managing Director of Human Capital Management Division
Minoru Kanaya

Career Summary

・Employed for 25 years at Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. in accounting, IT, planning and other departments.
・Executive Officer of the former Nomura Principal Finance Co., Ltd.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Marketing Division and Officer in charge of New Business Model Development
Haruyoshi SakitaCareer
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Executive Officer
Managing Director of Marketing Division and Officer in charge of New Business Model Development
Haruyoshi Sakita

Career Summary

・After serving as President and Representative Director of Tomato and Associates Co., Ltd., became President and Chief Executive Officer of NILAX Inc.
・Concurrently assumed the post of Executive Officer of Skylark Co., Ltd. in June 2015.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Supply Chain Production Division
Toshiaki AiharaCareer
Summary

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Supply Chain Production Division
Toshiaki Aihara

Career Summary

・After serving as General Manager of the Sales Division of Bamiyan Company, Representative of Gusto Company, and General Manager of the Product Division and General Manager of the Construction Division of the Company, became Managing Director of the Production Division in 2012.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Supply Chain Purchasing Division
Minoru HimenoCareer
Summary

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Supply Chain Purchasing Division
Minoru Himeno

Career Summary

・After serving as Representative of Bamiyan Company and President and Representative Director of NILAX Inc., a subsidiary of Skylark Co., Ltd., became Managing Director of the Purchasing Division in 2011.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Store Development Division
Shigeto KadowakiCareer
Summary

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Store Development Division
Shigeto Kadowaki

Career Summary

・Employed for 20 years at Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd., involved in planning, development and operation of outlet malls and commercial facilities.
・Involved in global store development of UNIQLO and other stores as an Executive Officer of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.

Executive Officer
Sumio MatsumotoCareer
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Executive Officer
Sumio Matsumoto

Career Summary

・After entering Bamiyan Co., Ltd., and serving in positions including General Manager of Bamiyan Company and Sales Manager in charge of Bamiyan, became head of departments in charge of all brands other than Gusto in 2012.
・Assumed the post of General Manager in charge of all brands including Gusto in December 2013.