THE WHAT? Shiseido has announced company wide organizational restructures, as well as management changes, with a focus on sustainability.
THE DETAILS Effective 1st July, 2021, the company will dissolve the “Supply Network Fundamental Development Department”, which was responsible for preparations establishing the Fukuoka Kurume Factory and infrastructure development for human resource development in the supply network area.
As a result, a new Fukuola Kurume Factory will be established and will be responsible for the start-up of factory functions and product preparation. Education and training of company engineers will be transferred to the Production Department.
Shiseido is also establishing a Sustainable Technology Acceleration Department, which will be part of the new Brand Value R&D Institute under the management of the Chief Brand Innovation Officer.
The department will oversee eco-friendly packaging development and collaborate on product development functions. In other changes the Global ICT Department has been renamed as the Global IT Strategy Department.
In personnel developments, Atsunori Takano, currently Executive Officer, Chief Information Technology Officer, has been given the additional title of Vice President, Global IT Strategy. Nozomu Oikawa will change her role to General Manager, Fukuoka Kurume Factory.
Akiko Nakamura will now have the additional responsibilities of Director, Sustainable Technology Acceleration Department, Brand Value R&D Institute.
THE WHY? The company and personnel shake-up has a clear sustainability focus.
Taking to a press release, Shiseido stated that the environmentally-friendly packaging development was a ‘particularly important’ its sustainability strategy, while the Sustainable Technology Acceleration Department would act as a hub for ‘technological development and strategy execution to realize rapid commercialisation.’