TOKYO, Feb. 10, 2022 – All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan's largest and 5-Star airline for nine consecutive years, today announces changes to its board. Shinichi Inoue, Senior Executive Vice President and Member of the Board, will succeed Yuji Hirako as President and CEO from April 1, 2022 while Mr. Hirako will become Vice Chairman of ANA HOLDINGS INC. on the same date.
Mr. Inoue graduated from Waseda University School of Law and joined ANA in 1990. Mr. Inoue started his career with ANA in the Personnel department, and during his tenure with the ANA Group has held multiple positions centered around Sales and Marketing, with a stint in Beijing as well. Notably, he set up Japan’s first LCC, Peach Aviation in 2011, and served as the CEO until 2020 when he became Senior Executive VP of ANA. He currently serves as the President of ANAX Inc., while leading the ANA Sales and Marketing division. He is aged 63.
Mr. Hirako was appointed President and CEO of ANA in April 2017. Under his leadership, ANA expanded its international network while continuing to be awarded the highest 5-Star airline rating by SKYTRAX every year, paving the way for the ANA Group to achieve record operating profit during his tenure.