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Directors & Officers

(As of December 1, 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 has appointed him Director to fully leverage his outstanding management skills developed in the global restaurant business and his extensive experience in global operations in the development of the Group’s domestic and international business.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

11 out of 13 times

  • *1 K.K. BCJ Holdings 6 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.
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 restaurants since joining the Company in 1977, he has held posts including General Manager of the Business Division and President and Chief Executive Officer of NILAX Inc., and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer (current position) since 2008. He has been appointed Director for his extensive business experience in the Group and insight regarding overall management, business management, and supervision and operation of family restaurants, in addition to being familiar with consumer marketing in the restaurant market.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

13 out of 13 times

  • *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 K.K. BCJ Holdings 6 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

Entered Procter & Gamble Far East, Inc. (currently Procter & Gamble Japan) in 1995. After serving as Finance & Accounting Associate Director of P&G and Senior Managing Director and General Manager of the Management Division of TNT Express Worldwide (Japan) Inc., he entered Skylark in 2013. He assumed the post of Executive Officer of Skylark in 2016. He took up his current position in 2017.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him Director to leverage his experience gained in the Finance Division since joining the Company in 2013 in various financial strategies including the listing of shares on the stock exchange, his practical experience in Financial affairs from a global perspective in a foreign affiliated company, and his extensive experience as a director at a company in another industry.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

Assumed the position of director in 2017

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 Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (currently SCSK Corporation), he assumed a post of Outside Director of the Company in 2014. He currently holds this post. He is also a Director of Brother Industries, Ltd.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him an Outside Director to draw on his experience during employment at a trading company and his deep insight as a corporate manager, for the benefit of the Company’s management, and to provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision that contribute to the benefit of the Company’s stakeholders.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

12 out of 13 times

Outside Director
Atsushi YokoyamaCareer
Summary

Outside Director
Atsushi Yokoyama

Career Summary

Entered The Mitsubishi Trust and Banking Corporation in 1992. In 2008, he 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 this post.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him an Outside Director to draw on his experience as a corporate manager in the restaurant industry and his extensive experience and broad insight in the media industry, including Internet and cable television for the benefit of the Company’s management, and to provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision regarding production, distribution systems, sales, promotion and other matters that utilize the Company’s infrastructure.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

13 out of 13 times

Outside Director
Yukihiro WadaCareer
Summary

Outside Director
Yukihiro Wada

Career Summary

Entered Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Bank, Ltd.) in 1992. His work experience includes the Research and Planning Section of the Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Finance, McKinsey & Company Japan, Director and General Manager of Corporate Planning Division of Alpen Co., Ltd., Managing Partner representing Japan at Kurt Salmon, and President and CEO of Interbrand Japan Co., Ltd. He currently serves as Head of Business Strategy Division and Chief analytics officer at Google Japan Inc. In 2016, he became an Independent Outside Director of the Company, and currently holds this post.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him an Outside Director to draw on his extensive experience and deep insight regarding formulation and implementation of strategies for a broad range of topics, including branding activities and sophistication of marketing as well as organizational reform in wide-ranging industries and fields, for the benefit of the Company’s management, and to provide objective and far-sighted advice and supervision regarding the Company’s branding and promotion strategies. Further, Mr. Wada worked at Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. from April 1992 to Mary 1999. Mizuho Bank, Ltd., a major partner financial institution of Skylark, is a bank that resulted from the merger of three banks, Daiichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd., Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited, and Fuji Bank, Limited, in April 2002. However, since Skylark’s major partner financial institution at the time of the merger was Fuji Bank, Limited, and the aforementioned three-bank merger took place three years after he retired from Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd., he never worked at a major partner financial institution of Skylark, which should not impact his qualification as an Independent Director of the Company.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

10 out of 10 times

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 Auditor in 2011 and currently serves in this post.

Reason for Appointment

He has been appointed Auditor based on his extensive business experience at Skylark Co., Ltd. Since joining the Company in 1979, including experience operating restaurants and as a General Manager, Manager of the President’s Office, and Manager of the Internal Audit Office, and his knowledge of Company management.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

13 out of 13 times

Attendance at the Board of Auditors Meeting in 2016

16 out of 16 times

Outside Corporate Auditor
Fumio TaharaCareer
Summary

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 Auditor of the Company in 2014 and currently holds this post. He is also a part-time Advisor at Yanmar Co.,Ltd. and Kyokuyo Co., Ltd.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him Outside Auditor based on his extensive experience and knowledge from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Fisheries Agency, and industry associations that are deemed necessary for the growth of the Company.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

13 out of 13 times

Attendance at the Board of Auditors Meeting in 2016

16 out of 16 times

Outside Corporate Auditor
Mitsuhiro NagataCareer
Summary

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.). He currently serves as Representative Lawyer at Yoyogi Uehara Law Office, Outside Director of JIP CAPITAL INC. and Outside Audit & Supervisory Board Member of EduLab, Inc. and Outside Director of KH Neochem Co., Ltd. He became an Outside Director of the Company in 2016 and currently serves in this post.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him Outside Auditor to leverage his operational experience at a financial institution, as well as his extensive experience and broad insight as an attorney, and has determined that he will appropriately audit the Company’s management.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

10 out of 10 times

Attendance at the Board of Auditors Meeting in 2016

11 out of 11 times

Outside Corporate Auditor
Tatsuya AoyagiCareer
Summary

Outside Corporate Auditor
Tatsuya Aoyagi

Career Summary

Entered Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC in 1993. Subsequently served as Director of Share Generate Co., Ltd, Outside Corporate Auditor of AmLead Co., Ltd., and Outside Corporate Auditor of BT Holdings, Inc. (currently Primagest Inc.). He currently serves as Director of Heartworth Partners, Inc. and Outside Director of mixi, Inc. He has served as Outside Corporate Auditor of the Company since 2017.

Reason for Appointment

The Company has appointed him Outside Auditor to leverage his extensive experience as a certified public accountant and certified tax accountant and his knowledge of accounting and finance, and has determined that he will appropriately audit the Company’s management.

Attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting in 2016

Assumed the position of Outside Auditor in 2017

Attendance at the Board of Auditors Meeting in 2016

Assumed the position of Outside Auditor in 2017

Executive Officers

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

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

Career Summary

Entered Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. in 1981 where he was employed for 25 years in accounting, IT, planning and other departments and served as an Executive Officer of the former Nomura Principal Finance Co., Ltd. After entering the Company in 2010, he strengthened the Administration Division as its General Manager. He took up his current post in 2017.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Marketing Division and President and Chief Executive Officer of Skylark Restaurants Co., Ltd.
Haruyoshi SakitaCareer
Summary

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Marketing Division and President and Chief Executive Officer of Skylark Restaurants Co., Ltd.
Haruyoshi Sakita

Career Summary

Entered FOR YOU, INC. in 1999. After serving as Director of the said company, entered the Company in 2004. Served as Director of Skylark LesPros Co., Ltd., Representative Director of Tomato and Associates Co., Ltd., and Representative Director of NILAX Inc. Then, he concurrently has served as Executive Officer of the Company and President & CEO of Skylark Restaurants Co., Ltd. since 2015. He assumed the post of Managing Director of Marketing Division of the Company in 2017 and has concurrently served the above-mentioned posts since November, 2017.

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

Entered the Company in 1978. 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. He took up his current post in 2012.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Supply Chain Purchasing Division
Nobuyuki KatayamaCareer
Summary

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Supply Chain Purchasing Division
Nobuyuki Katayama

Career Summary

・ In 1982, entered Jonas Co., Ltd., former Jonathan’s Co., Ltd. which had merged with the Company in January 2012. Served in the said company as Division Manager, Manager of Akishima Distribution Center, etc.
・ After joining the Company in 2004, served as Department Director and Deputy Managing Director of Supply Chain Purchasing Division, then has served in current position since October 2017.

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Store Development Division
Shigeto KadowakiCareer
Summary

Executive Officer
Managing Director of Store Development Division
Shigeto Kadowaki

Career Summary

Entered Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. in 1985, where he was employed for 20 years in planning, development, operation, and leasing of commercial facilities including outlet malls. Subsequently involved in global store development of UNIQLO and other stores as an Executive Officer of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. He took up current post after entering the Company in 2013.