Press release

1 Mar 2019

Announcing election of new EYSN Chairwoman & CEO

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Ernst & Young ShinNihon LLC (EYSN) is pleased to announce that today Masami Katakura, Senior Partner, was named as our new Chairwoman & CEO.

Masami Katakura will become the first woman to lead a Big 4 or mid-tier audit firm in Japan.

She will officially be appointed as Chairwoman & CEO by resolution of the Partners Meeting scheduled for 28 March 2019.

She is expected to take office effective 1 July 2019.

Candidate for Chairwoman & CEO

Masami Katakura

《 Biography 》

Date of Birth:      4 October 1968 (50 years old)
Place of Birth:     Tokyo, Japan
March 1991        Graduated from Meiji University's Faculty of Business
                              Administration, School of Business Administration
October 1991     Joined the predecessor firm of EYSN
July 2011            Named Senior Partner of EYSN
February 2016    Assumed the position of Executive Board Member and Managing
                              Partner, Strategy Planning & BMC of EYSN
                              Managing Partner, Brand, Marketing and Communications (BMC) of
                              EY Japan
July 2019            Scheduled to assume the office of Chairman and CEO of EYSN

Appointment process for EYSN Chairperson & CEO:

The Chairperson & CEO is appointed in accordance with the following nomination process as stipulated by the firm's policies governing the selection of Executive Board Members.

  • The Nomination Meeting (comprising two external and three internal Governance Council members) and Public Interest Committee (comprising three external Governance Council members) deliberate on and select nominees for Chairperson & CEO through a resolution of the Governance Council members.
  • A vote is held by all partners on the nominees for Chairperson & CEO to name one candidate for Chairperson & CEO.
  • The Chairperson & CEO is formally appointed by resolution of the Partners Meeting. (Scheduled to be held on 28 March 2019)

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