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Time:March 23-25, 2019
Beijing Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
Sponsor:Development Research Center of the State Council
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Masahiko Uotani

President and Group CEO, Shiseido Company Limited Business Circle

Mr. Uotani joined Shiseido in April, 2014 as the first Shiseido president appointed from outside of the company in its 140-year history. This decision reflected the board's sense of urgency and determination to transform Shiseido. Mr. Uotani defined his mission as rejuvenating Shiseido so that the company becomes a major global player, building on the Japanese heritage it has cultivated for many years.

Prior to joining Shiseido, Mr. Uotani had more than 30 years in marketing and management at both Japanese and global FMCG companies. Among his various posts, he spent 18 years as CMO and CEO at Coca-Cola in Japan. With this experience he developed the "hybrid model" leadership capacity leveraging both Japanese and global strengths.

Mr. Uotani also serves in other roles, including President of Japan Cosmetic Industry Association, director of Japan Business Federation, director of Japan Marketing Association and board member of Columbia Business School Japan Alumni Club.

Mr. Uotani earned a bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Doshisha University in Kyoto and a Master of Business Administration degree in 1983 from Columbia Business School in NYC.

He has a wife and two daughters (as well as two dogs who are important family members.)