People: Danone SA (DANO.PA)
Mr. Yoshihiro Kawabata has served as a Director of Danone SA since April 22, 2010. He has been a Member of the Company's Nomintaing and Remuneration Committee since April 2011. He is is a graduate of the University of Meiji in Tokyo, Japan. He joined Yakult Honsha in 1971 and worked in the delivery business (Yakult Ladies) within the sales division. He was appointed Director of Yakult Philippines, Inc. in 1981. In 1987, he returned to Japan and worked for the delivery business of the Kyushu branch (southern Japan). In 1990, he was named Director of Yakult Indonesia and helped to found the company. In 1992, Mr. Kawabata was named Manager of the International Department of Yakult Honsha and helped with the expansion of Yakult’s activities in Australia. In 2003, he was appointed Director of Yakult Honsha and was responsible for the International Affairs Department and the Liaison Office between Yakult Honsha and Danone. In 2009, he was appointed Senior Managing Director of Yakult Honsha as the Head of the International Affairs Department. Since June 2011, he has been Executive Vice President and Head of the International Business Division. He is also the Yakult representative at the liaison office between Yakult and Danone and is responsible for this cooperation. In June 2012, he was appointed Director and Deputy President, in addition to being Head of Administrative Division and Head of the International Business Division of Yakult Honsha.
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