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Governance Activities

Directors and Reasons for their Appointments

Masaru Tange

Title
President and CEO
Committees belonging
Nominating Committee, Compliance Committee
Tenure
Since September, 2005
Other important positions
  • Director of SHIFT Global Pte Ltd.
  • Director of ALH Inc.
  • Director of Assion, Inc.
  • Director of Saunashi Co., Ltd.
  • Director of SystemI co., Ltd.
Reasons for their Appointments
Masaru Tange is chosen as a CEO since he has led SHIFT as a founder and as President and CEO and is indispensable for realizing SHIFT’s vision.
Specialty/ Expected role

Michio Sasaki

Title
Director and Vice President
Committees belonging
Compliance Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2020
Other important positions
  • Outside Director of ZUIKO Corporation
  • Outside Director of Tokyo Electron Ltd.
Reasons for their Appointments
Based on his experience as president of KEYENCE CORPORATION, SHIFT expects that Sasaki can make a significant contribution to further accelerating our growth. Keyence is one of Japan’s leading companies with ¥550 billion of sales, 50% of operating margin, and \11 trillion of market cap as of the end of October 2020. Furthermore, Sasaki has made a significant contribution to strengthening of our sales organization, as independent outside director of SHIFT. Towards 100 billion of sales as a group, SHIFT determined to appoint Sasaki because his knowledge and experiences is necessary to create higher value added and achieve further growth.
Specialty/ Expected role
Sales/ marketing

Taichi Hattori

Title
Director and CFO
Committees belonging
Nominating Committee, Compliance Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2021
Other important positions
Reasons for their Appointments
Mr. Taichi Hattori served as a CFO of a global company and possesses a wealth of experience and broad insight into business management, focusing on financial accounting. The Company nominates Mr. Hattori as a candidate for Director, judging that his knowledge will be necessary to strengthen the Group’s business management.
Specialty/ Expected role
Finance/ accounting/ capital policy, M&A, IR, internal control/ governance

Motoya Kobayashi

Title
Director
Committees belonging
Compliance Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2014
Other important positions
  • Director of SHIFT PLUS, Inc.
  • Director of ALH Inc.
  • Director of MethodoLogic Inc.
  • Director of Airitech Inc.
  • Director of SystemI co., Ltd.
Reasons for their Appointments
Motoya Kobayashi is chosen as Director since he has launched our current core business, software testing, as a “right-hand man” of Tange, and as one of our founding members, and has been driving the establishment of services and the development of the company. In addition, as a core person in the software test business, he is indispensable for the growth of the business.
Specialty/ Expected role
Business strategy

Takafumi Murakami

Title
Independent Outside Director
Committees belonging
Tenure
Since November, 2020
Other important positions
Reasons for their Appointments
Mr. Murakami has 14 years of extensive experiences at Goldman Sachs as an advisor of dialogues in the capital market. SHIFT expects appointing him as independent outside director will promote to strengthen dialogues and governance system, which is necessary to accelerate our growth.
Specialty/ Expected role
Finance/ accounting/ capital policy, M&A, Internal control/ governance

Fumiko Motoya

Title
Independent Outside Director
Committees belonging
Tenure
Since November, 2020
Other important positions
Reasons for their Appointments
Ms. Motoya has broad and profound knowledge and experiences as a manager of Apa Hotel and Apa Group. SHIFT appoints her by expecting that Ms. Motoya would oversee our management and share us her unique insights as the first female director of SHIFT and that this appointment will further enhance our management system.
Specialty/ Expected role
Diversity, Business expansion

Yusuke Arai

Title
Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member
Committees belonging
Audit & Supervisor Committee, Nominating Committee, Compliance Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2021
Other important positions
Reasons for their Appointments
Mr. Yusuke Arai has never been involved in the management of a corporation other than as an Outside Director or an Outside Corporate Auditor. However, SHIFT nominates Mr. Arai as a candidate for Independent Outside Director who is an Audit & Supervisory Committee Member, judging that, as a certified public accountant with a high level of professional knowledge and abundant experience in corporate accounting, he would be able to appropriately perform the duties of Independent Outside Director who is an Audit & Supervisory Committee Member.
Specialty/ Expected role
Finance/ accounting, internal control, governance

Kenji Chishiki

Title
Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member
Committees belonging
Audit & Supervisor Committee, Nominating Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2018
Other important positions
  • Outside Director of Ishii Food CO., Ltd.
Reasons for their Appointments
Since Kenji Chishiki has in-depth knowledge of the governance system and human resources system which is necessary for our sound growth, he has been chosen as a member of the Audit & Supervisory Committee Member.
Specialty/ Expected role
Human resources management/ Organizational development

Tetsujiro Nakagaki

Title
Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member
Committees belonging
Audit & Supervisor Committee, Nominating Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2020
Other important positions
  • Draper Nexus Venture Partners, LLC Managing Director
  • Draper Nexus Venture Partners Ⅱ, LLC Managing Director
  • DNX VENTURE PARTNERS Ⅲ, LP Partner
  • President and Representative Director of DJ Partners Co., Ltd.
  • Outside Director of trippiece Co. Ltd.
  • Outside Director of TOKYO BASE Co.,Ltd.
  • Outside Director of Innova Inc.
  • Outside Director of UNCOVER TRUTH Co., Ltd.
  • Outside Director of favy, inc.
Reasons for their Appointments
Tetsujiro Nakagaki is chosen as Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member, since he was appointed as Managing Partner of venture capital based in Silicon Valley and possesses wide-ranging knowledge and experiences cultivated through investment and management guidance in numerous IT companies. SHIFT believes that he will be able to sufficiently play roles of supervising the decision making on important matters and business execution as SHIFT grows in Japan and overseas in the future.
Specialty/ Expected role
M&A

* Tetsujiro Nakagaki has been independent outside director of SHIFT since November, 2014. In November, 2020, Mr. Nakagaki was chosen as Independent Outside Director and Audit Supervisory Committee Member.

Governance Activities of SHIFT

Audit & Supervisory Committee

In order to enhance the effectiveness of auditing while ensuring mobility, SHIFT has adopted a company with Auditing & Supervisory Committee. Audit & Supervisory Committee checks the status of governance and internal control within SHIFT.

Number of meetings
12 times a year
Committee members
  • Yusuke Arai (Chairman)
  • Kenji Chishiki
  • Tetsujiro Nakagaki
Topics discussed
  • Reports on the activities from each member
  • Discussions with directors and executive officers
  • Evaluation of management’s attitude and measures toward governance and compliance

Nominating Committee

Members in Nominating Committee mainly discusses whethere candidates of independent outside director should be formally appointed.

Number of meetings
Once a year
Committee members
  • Yusuke Arai (Chairman)
  • Masaru Tange
  • Kenji Chishiki
  • Tetsujiro Nakagaki
Topics discussed
  • Discussions and consultations about members of board of directors
  • Evaluations about candidates of independent outside directors and consultations with the board

Compliance Committee

Members in Compliance Committee discusses about variety of risks including prevention of security incidents and harrasment as well as compliance with laws and regulations.

Number of meetings
Four times a year
Committee members
  • Masaru Tange (Chairman)
  • Michio Sasaki
  • Motoya Kobayashi
  • Taichi Hattori
  • Yusuke Arai
Topics discussed
  • Confiming the current status of compliance within SHIFT
  • Discussions and implementation to enhance compliance

Executive Officer Council

In order to make the discussions in the board meetings more comprehensive, Executive Officer Council discusses and examines which topics to discuss.

Number of meetings
Each time before the board meeting is held
Committee members
  • Yosuke Sugahara
  • Toshiaki Hosoda
  • Shigeki Komiyama
  • Yusuke Maoka
Topics discussed
  • Discussions to decide which topics to discuss (such as business activities, COVID-19, ESG, DX, governance, PMI, IR, finances, human resources etc.)
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