Huge Changes At Square Enix, Eight Directors To Be Inaugurated

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Huge changes are coming to Square Enix as the company announced that on March 31, both Executive Director and Division Manager Executive Officer Keiji Honda and Executive Director Yukinobu Chida will be resigning. On April 1, eight new directors will be inaugurated. These include Naoki Yoshida, Yuu Miyake, Kazuharu Watanabe, Shinji Hashimoto, Michihiro Sasaki, Hirokazu Nishikado, Yousuke Saito, and Yoshinori Kitase.

You can view the full press release down below…

1. Change in Directors

(1) Reason for the Change

In April 2015, we introduced the executive officer system to our company in attempt to construct a system that strengthens administrative performance and flexibly implements decision-making in order to quickly respond to the rapidly changing business environment. At this time, we will review the composition of the board of directors in order to more quickly respond to the changes coming in this major period, and aim to further strengthen our business foundation.

Accompanying this, Keiji Honda and Yukinobu Chida, who have strived for the growth of this company for many years, will resign as directors as of March 31.

There are no plans to change the role of Yousuke Matsuda, the president and representative director.

(2) New Directors Planning to be Appointed (Starting April 1)

Name New Role Current Role
Yoshinori Kitase Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Yousuke Saito Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Michihiro Sasaki Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Hirokazu Nishikado Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Shinji Hashimoto Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Yuu Miyake Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Naoki Yoshida Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer
Kazuharu Watanabe Director and Executive Officer Executive Officer

(3) Current Directors Planning to Resign (As of March 31)

  • Keiji Honda (Currently Executive Director and Division Manager Executive Officer)
  • Yukinobu Chida (Currently Executive Director)

■ 2. List of Company Directors and Executive Officers

(1) Directors

Role Name
President and Representative Director Yousuke Matsuda
Director Yoshinori Kitase
Director Yousuke Saito
Director Michihiro Sasaki
Director Hirokazu Nishikado
Director Shinji Hashimoto
Director Yuu Miyake
Director Naoki Yoshida
Director Kazuharu Watanabe

(2) Executive Officers

Role Name Field in Charge
Executive Officer Yousuke Matsuda Division Manager
Executive Officer Tomoyoshi Oosaki Division Manager
Executive Officer Tsuneto Okuno Division Manager
Executive Officer Yoshinori Kitase Development Manager, Division Manager
Executive Officer Yousuke Saito Development Manager, Division Manager
Executive Officer Michihiro Sasaki Division Manager
Executive Officer Hideaki Sato Division Manager (New)
Executive Officer Hirokazu Nishikado Division Manager
Executive Officer Shinji Hashimoto Final Fantasy / Kingdom Hearts Brand Manager, Division Manager
Executive Officer Seishi Fujii Division Manager
Executive Officer Katsuyoshi Matsuura Division Manager
Executive Officer Motoharu Mitamura Division Manager (New)
Executive Officer Yuu Miyake Dragon Quest Brand Manager, Division Manager
Executive Officer Naoki Yoshida Development Manager, Division Manager
Executive Officer Kazuharu Watanabe Division Manager
Executive Officer Yasuhito Watanabe Division Manager