Message from the President

President' s Message

Masayoshi Fujimoto

As the New President & CEO…

I joined the company in 1981, and for most of my career, I have been involved in our automobile-related business. This career path led to my appointment as the president of our Venezuelan automobile manufacturing and sales company in 2008. The harsh business climate at the time brought me face-to-face with many difficulties, but it also taught me the importance of decision-making in management. Subsequently, starting in 2014, I was put in charge of Corporate Planning, where I helped to draft Medium-term Management Plan 2017 – Challenge for Growth – and gave my full efforts towards the plan’s implementation.

I truly feel my taking up the torch now is so I may help the company cut a new start, utilizing my experience to take us to the next stage. Now is the time for us to use the ‘Sojitz Identity’ we have forged to further accelerate our efforts towards new business focused on future growth.

I believe it is the individual capabilities of our employees that will make this possible. For our 2,300 Sojitz Corporation employees and 14,000 employees throughout Sojitz Group to achieve JPY 300 billion in investment over the next three years, as well as achieve our long-held goal of a foundation for stable earnings capable of generating JPY 50 billion in consistent revenue, it is essential that each employee demonstrates innovation, speed, and perseverance. I see one of my chief missions as creating an environment which effectively utilizes and develops employees for the further growth of our company.

June 2017
President & CEO