Announcement on executive changes



Yokohama Marinos Ltd. held The special meeting of shareholders and a board meeting on Dec.24 and has resolved the following changes in executives. Current president Akira Kaetsu is resigning as of Dec.31 and Mr.Toru Hasegawa is appointed as the president and the representative director as of Jan.1, 2016

Akira Kaetsu

Comment from Mr.Kaetsu

“It is now 6 years and 5 months since I was appointed as the management of YOKOHAMA F・MARINOS in July 2009, with the longest duty in F・MARINOS history. I feel it is a time to finish this career as I myself got to the turning point of the life as age of 60.

During my duty, I judged I have made almost of ‘what should do’ even though I could hardly make ’what would like to do.’ For the management of J league Club, ‘should do’ and ‘like to do’ mostly conflict each other. It is obvious from past cases at clubs including us that there will be a high risk of the cause of trouble in the future when the management drove to ‘what like to do.

Actually, there were too many issues in F・MARINOS remained by the past managements. We must put huge energy to clear those issues as ‘what should solve.’ In the consequence of that, I keenly realized not much energy remained to myself and came to make a decision to resign.

Mr. Hasegawa, my successor, has got a great energy to improve YOKOHAMA F・MARINOS. Please give him your cordial support as always.

I really appreciate your heartful support to the Club and myself during my duty for a long time.

biography of Mr.Kaetsu

Date of Birth Aug.5, 1955 (60 years old)

Brief personal history

  • Apr 1979 Joined NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD
  • Apr 2002 VP, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
  • Apr 2006 Corporate Vice President(CVP), NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
  • Jan 2010 President, YOKOHAMA MARINOS LTD.

Toru Hasegawa

Comment from Mr.Hasegawa

“I will take over the president position from Mr. Kaetsu who is the most knowledgeable about football in Nissan Group as of January 1st, 2016. I have been working overseas as a president of National Sales Companies for long time, roughly a half of my business life in Nissan. I am looking forward to enjoying a challenge in totally new field. I believe the basics for us to do are common between sales of automobiles and F・MARINOS operations because both of them are business to provide a dream and hope to customers or fans. I am going to further improve the management direction of F・MARINOS business made by Mr. Kaetsu. Utilizing long and deep experience of president job in overseas markets, I would like to make every effort to further accelerate the reform/KAIZEN, boldly aim for continuous victory with company-wide strong teamwork, and stabilize the MARINOS business at the same time. I am very happy if the team, company, and I myself could get a lot of support from football fans, customers, and stakeholders.”

biography of Mr.Hasegawa

Date of Birth Nov.1, 1958 (57 years old)

Brief personal history

  • Apr 1981 Joined NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
  • Sep 2001 President Director, P.T. Nissan Motor Indonesia
  • Jan 2006 Managing Director, Nissan Middle East FZE
  • Apr 2009 President, Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
  • Apr 2012 Corporate Vice President(CVP) – Africa, Middle East, India, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
  • Apr 2014 CVP – Asia & Oceania, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
  • Dec 2015 CVP – Asia & Oceania, NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD. and Director, YOKOHAMA MARINOS LTD.