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- Shinichi Hirabayashi
Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
New York, NY, April 1, 2011 - Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. (Mitsui USA) announced that Mitsuhiko Kawai has been appointed, as of today, its President & Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Masaaki Fujita, who is returning to Japan. As Mr. Kawai assumes his role in New York, he will concurrently serve as an Executive Managing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Americas Business Unit of Mitsui & Co., Ltd., Mitsui USA’s parent company in Tokyo.
Mr. Kawai is a graduate of Keio University (B.A. Economics). He joined Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 1976 and has since built his career mainly in the Company’s energy business area, which involves global trade and investment activities. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Kawai was Mitsui & Co.’s Managing Officer and the Chief Operating Officer of its Financial Markets Business Unit.
Previously, Mr. Kawai served in overseas posts three times in: Houston and New York Offices of Mitsui USA (1981-1990); Melbourne, Australia, with Japan Australia LNG (MIMI), Pty., Ltd. (1996-2000); and London, UK, as Deputy Managing Director of Mitsui & Co. Europe Plc. and Managing Director of Mitsui & Co., UK plc. (2006-2008).
Completing his two-year tenure in New York as President & CEO of Mitsui USA as well as President of The Nippon Club, Inc., Mr. Masaaki Fujita returns to Tokyo to serve as Counselor of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.