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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.
Reasons for their Appointments
Masaru Tange is the founder of the Company. He has extensive insight and rich experience in corporate management and has demonstrated outstanding leadership. The Company therefore judges that Tange is indispensable for the realization of the sustainable enhancement of the Group’s corporate value and nominates him as Director.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, Sales/ marketing, Service/ Technology, HR strategy, M&A/ PMI, Finance/ Accounting/ HR, ESG/ Diversity

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
Michio Sasaki was formerly President and CEO of KEYENCE Corporation, and as an Outside Director of the Company, he made significant contributions to strengthening its sales organization. The Company nominates Sasaki as Director, judging that his knowledge is necessary for the Group to generate high added value and achieve further growth toward achieving 100 billion yen in net sales.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, Sales/ Marketing, Service/ Technology, M&A/ PMI, Corporate governance, ESG/ Diversity

Taichi Hattori

Title
Director and CFO
Committees belonging
Nominating Committee, Compliance Committee
Tenure
Since November, 2021
Other important positions
  • Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Analytics Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Audit & Supervisory Board Member of CLUTCH Inc.
  • Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Nadia Inc.
  • Audit & Supervisory Board Member of DECEM Inc.
  • Representative Director of SHIFT Growth Capital Inc.
Reasons for their Appointments
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 Hattori as a candidate for Director, judging that his knowledge will be necessary to strengthen the Group’s business management.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, M&A/ PMI, Finance/ Accounting/ HR, Corporate governance, ESG/ Diversity

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 SHIFT ASIA CO., LTD.
  • Director of Analytics Japan Co., Ltd.
  • Director of Saunashi Co., Ltd.
  • Director of VISH Inc.
Reasons for their Appointments
Motoya Kobayashi is one of the founding members of the Company and launched the software testing business, its core business, and was the driving force behind service rollouts and the Group’s development. He has served as a director of several Group companies and is familiar with the Group’s business and organization. The Company therefore judges that he has the knowledge and experience necessary for the Group’s future growth and nominates Kobayashi as Director.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, Sales/ Marketing, Service/ Technology, HR strategy, M&A/ PMI, Finance/ Accounting/ IR

Takafumi Murakami

Title
Independent Outside Director
Committees belonging
Tenure
Since November, 2020
Other important positions
  • Representative Director of Significant Inc.
  • Outside Director of bellFace Inc.
  • Outside Director of BitStar Inc.
  • Outside Director of hocomono, Inc.
  • Outside Director of SmartHR, Inc.
  • Outside Director of XICA Co., Ltd.
Reasons for their Appointments
Mr. Takafumi Murakami has a wealth of experience and broad insight in dialogue with capital markets, governance, and ESG. The Company nominates Mr. Murakami for reappointment as Outside Director, judging that by supervising operations as an Outside Director, he will strengthen the Company’s ability to communicate with capital markets and enhance governance, which is necessary for accelerating the Group’s growth.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, M&A/ PMI, Finance/ Accounting/ HR, Corporate governance, ESG/ Diversity

Fumiko Motoya

Title
Independent Outside Director
Committees belonging
Tenure
Since November, 2020
Other important positions
  • Director of APA Co., LTD.
  • President and Director of APA Hotels Co., Ltd.
  • Director of APA Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Outside Director of TKP Corporation
Reasons for their Appointments
Ms. Fumiko Motoya has a track record as a manager in developing APA Hotels and the APA Group into one of the largest hotel chains in Japan and has a wealth of experience and broad insight into corporate management. The Company nominates Ms. Motoya for reappointment as Outside Director, judging that she will further strengthen the Company’s management system by supervising its overall management and continuous growth.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, Sales/ Marketing, HR strategy, ESG/ Diversity

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/ IR, Corporate 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.
  • Outside Director of Solasto Corporation
  • Director and Vice President of ONWARD HOLDINGS 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
Corporate management, HR strategy, Corporate governance, ESG/ Diversity

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.
  • Outside Director of CULTURE STUDIO TOKYO, Inc.
Reasons for their Appointments
Mr. Tetsujiro Nakagaki is a Managing Partner of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm and has a wealth of experience and broad insight gained through investment in and management guidance of numerous IT companies, and we believe he can be expected to play an appropriate role in making decisions on important matters and supervising the execution of business operations as the Company grows both inside and outside Japan. The Company therefore nominates Mr. Nakagaki as a candidate as Outside Director who is an Audit & Supervisory Committee Member.
Specialty/ Expected role
Corporate management, Sales/ Marketing, M&A/ PMI, Finance/ Accounting/ IR

* 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
  • Yusuke Maoka
  • Tsuyoshi Kimura
  • Aki Yamaji
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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