Chief Operating Officer
Taro has worked for Ajinomoto Group for the past 27 years. He leads corporate strategic planning, corporate governance and corporate communication.
His strategic planning responsibilities include mid-term business planning and execution and supporting the company’s business portfolio strategy, including mergers and acquisitions.
In his corporate governance role, Taro oversees decision- making and communication, including communication with global headquarters in Tokyo.
As leader of corporate communication, Taro’s responsibilities include strategic planning for internal and external communication, corporate branding support and public relations.
Prior to his current roles, he spent eight years in the marketing department and two years in the overseas business department at the Tokyo headquarters, and five years as the president of Ajinomoto Sales Indonesia.
Taro’s strengths and accomplishments include:
- Coordinating post-merger integration
following the Windsor Foods acquisition in 2014, and creating a mid-term business plan to accelerate business growth in the US.
- Increasing shelf-stable soup sales in Japan from $230M to more than $300 through innovative product launches and organic growth as part of CPG brand marketing.
- Leading Ajinomoto Sales Indonesia in double-digit growth every year in his five-year tenure as president.
- Supporting global business in the international department, visiting more than 30 countries in Asia, North and
South America, Europe and Africa.
Taro earned a BA in Political Science in the in the Law Department of Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. Taro also earned a Professional Cooking License of Japan, certified by the government of Kanagawa Prefecture.