Yoshinori Isozaki

CEO , Kirin Company
"Our biggest challenge was to commit to shared value by launching a specific division carrying its name when the concept had not yet permeated in Japanese companies. I met Professor Michael Porter when he was visiting Japan and was encouraged by him in launching the division."

Yoshinori Isozaki is president and chief executive officer of both Kirin Company and Kirin Brewery Company in Japan. Throughout his history with the company, he has held various top leadership and management positions in its brewery, hotel, and media divisions. He was also director at the San Miguel Corporation, a food, beverage, and packaging company in Southeast Asia, from 2004-2008.

Isozaki-san has a Master of Hotel Administration from Cornell University, where he majored in service marketing and international management. He also has a BA of Economics from Keio University. 

Read about how Kirin is living the shared value approach, from using Fukushima pears in products to producing an alcohol-free beer: "Five Questions with Kirin’s President and CEO."

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