ANA HOLDINGS announced changes to its board. Shinya Katanozaka, Senior Executive Vice President, will succeed Shinichiro Ito as President and CEO from 1 April while Mr. Ito will take over from Yoji Ohashi as Chairman of ANA HD on the same date.
Mr. Katanozaka joined ANA in 1979, after graduating from Tokyo University’s Faculty of Law. He has held a wide range of senior positions within the group, and was one of the key architects of ANA’s new holding company structure put in place two years ago. He is aged 59.
In his 36 years at ANA, Mr. Katanozaka has led a number of the company’s major divisions, including corporate planning, marketing & sales, products & services strategy, Customer Satisfaction promotion and personnel.
Mr. Ito was appointed President and CEO of ANA in April 2009 and became President and CEO of ANA HD in 2013. During his leadership of the group, ANA has become Japan’s biggest airline by passenger numbers and revenues and has embarked on a major expansion of its international network.
Mr. Ohashi, who became Chairman of ANA in April 2005 after previously serving as the company’s President and CEO, will continue to act as a Corporate Counselor of ANA HD.
Mr. Katanozaka joined the board of ANA in 2009 when he was named Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Customer Satisfaction Promotion, Products & Services Strategy. Under his leadership, ANA introduced the ‘Inspiration of JAPAN’ brand and its fully-flat seat in Business Class. The achievement led ANA to be awarded Japan’s first ‘5-Star airline’ by SKYTRAX in 2013.
Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Katanozaka was Senior Vice President for Personnel, during which time he contributed to the strengthening of training and human resource development in the group. In April 2012, he was appointed as Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning. He played an important role in executing the strategic transition to a new holding company structure. In April 2013, ANA Group moved to a holding company structure and Mr. Katanozaka was appointed Senior Executive Vice President of ANA HD.