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News Releases 2007

Executive Personnel Actions (Scheduled for Late June 2007)

March 22, 2007
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. announces the following executive changes.

1. Changes in Directors and Corporate Auditors
(effective from the date of the annual general meeting of shareholders scheduled for late June 2007)

(1) Change in Director Position

Position Name New Position
Director and Senior Executive Officer Shiro Kataoka Managing Director, Senior Executive Officer

(2) Candidate for New Director

Position Name New Position
Executive Officer Toshihide Sakai Director and Senior Executive Officer

(3) Retiring Director (Planned)

Position Name
Director Noriaki Yoshimura

(4) New Corporate Auditor Candidate

Position Name New Position
President, Kuraray Business Services Co., Ltd.
President, Kuraray Travel Services Co., Ltd.
Tadahiko Kujime Corporate Auditor (Statutory)

(5) Retiring Corporate Auditor (Planned)

Position Name
Corporate Auditor (Statutory) Akira Matsuzawa

2. Changes in Executive Officers
(effective from the date of the annual general meeting of shareholders scheduled for late June 2007)

(1) Changes in Executive Officer Positions

No changes, except for the candidate for new director

(2) New Executive Officers

Position Name New Position
Associate Director Takayoshi Osaki Senior Executive Officer
President, SEPTON Company of America Noboru Yanagida Executive Officer
Associate Director Shinzo Takemura Executive Officer
Associate Director Noritsugu Nagatomo Executive Officer
Associate Director Takaaki Fukumori Executive Officer
Associate Director Kazuhiro Tenkumo Executive Officer
Associate Director Yasuhiro Yamamoto Executive Officer

(3) Retiring Executive Officers

Position Name
Representative Senior Managing Director, Senior Executive Officer Junsuke Tanaka (planned reappointment as Representative Senior Managing Director)
Executive Officer Susumu Gotanda

3. Complete list of Directors, Corporate Auditors and Executive Officers

As of late June 2007.

  • indicates a new appointment
  • indicates a change in position
  Representative Director and President Yasuaki Wakui
  Representative Senior Managing Director Junsuke Tanaka
  Managing Director Seiji Wajiki
  Managing Director and Senior Executive Officer Osamu Asaba
  Managing Director Nobuo Iwawaki
  Managing Director and Senior Executive Officer Yoichi Ninagawa
  Managing Director Fumio Ito
Managing Director, Senior Executive Officer Shiro Kataoka
  Managing Director, Senior Executive Officer Hiroaki Yoshino
Director and Senior Executive Officer Toshihide Sakai
  Corporate Auditor (Statutory) Tsutomu Yabuta
Corporate Auditor (Statutory) Tadahiko Kujime
  Corporate Auditor (Non-statutory) Toshimitsu Kitagawa
  Corporate Auditor (Non-statutory) Hiroo Onodera
  Corporate Auditor (Non-statutory) Hirotaka Ikuno
  Senior Executive Officer Kenzo Sawada
  Senior Executive Officer Hideo Tomita
Senior Executive Officer Takayoshi Ohsaki
  Executive Officer Katsuya Hashimoto
  Executive Officer Mitsuo Matsumoto
  Executive Officer Kohei Maeda
  Executive Officer Tokio Aikura
  Executive Officer Mitsuaki Manabe
  Executive Officer Yuichi Kawarasaki
  Executive Officer Keiji Murakami
  Executive Officer Gerd Lepper
  Executive Officer Jean-Marie Baetens
  Executive Officer Nobuya Tomita
Executive Officer Noboru Yanagida
Executive Officer Shinzo Takemura
Executive Officer Noritsugu Nagatomo
Executive Officer Takaaki Fukumori
Executive Officer Kazuhiro Tenkumo
Executive Officer Yasuhiro Yamamoto

4. Profile of New Director Candidate

Name Toshihide Sakai
Date of birth December 17, 1947
Education Graduated from Tohoku University (School of Engineering), March 1970
Career Summary
April 1970 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
July 1994 Manager, Molding Materials Division, Okayama Plant
April 2001 General Manager, Poval Division
June 2003 Executive Officer (Current position)
April 2004 General Manager, Okayama Plant (Current position)

5. Profile of New Corporate Auditor Candidate

Name Tadahiko Kujime
Date of birth November 7, 1944
Education Graduated from Waseda University (School of Commerce), March 1968
Career Summary
April 1968 Joined Kuraray Co., Ltd.
June 1992 Manager, Finance Department, Finance Division
June 1999 General Manager, IR Office
April 2001 General Manager, Administration Center
April 2002 President, Kuraray Business Services Co., Ltd. (Current position)
June 2006 President, Kuraray Travel Services Co., Ltd. (Current position)