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Directors and Reasons for Nomination

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Shintaro Yamada Date of birth: September 21, 1977

  • Number of Board of Directors meetings attended
    13 / 13
  • Number of Mercari shares owned
    37,812,530 shares
  • Number of shares to be issued upon exercise of Mercari stock acquisition rights owned
    1,903,823 shares
  • 略歴並びに当社における地位及び担当 Career summary and positions held in Mercari

    • Aug. 2001
      Established Unoh Inc., Representative Director
    • Feb. 2005
      Trade name of Unoh Inc. changed to Unoh Co., Ltd.
    • Sept. 2010
      General Manager of Zynga Japan K.K.
    • June 2012
      Established suadd K.K., Representative Director (current position)
    • Feb. 2013
      Established Kouzoh Inc. (currently the Company), Representative Director and President
    • Mar. 2014
      Director of Mercari, Inc. (US) (current position)
    • Apr. 2017
      Representative Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company
    • Sept. 2019
      Representative Director, CEO of the Company (current position)
    • Jan. 2021
      Director of Souzoh, Inc. (current position)
  • 重要な兼職の状況 Significant concurrent positions

    • Director of Mercari, Inc. (US)
    • Director of Souzoh, Inc.
  • Reasons for nomination

    Since the Company’s founding in February 2013, Shintaro Yamada has led the management of the Group as Representative Director, and he has contributed to enhancing the enterprise value of the Group as a whole, including the global development of the Mercari C2C marketplace. Expecting that he can contribute to the further growth of the Group as a whole and improve enterprise value through his entrepreneurial ideas and strong leadership going forward, the Company has once again appointed him as a Director.
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Fumiaki Koizumi Date of birth: September 26, 1980

  • Number of Board of Directors meetings attended
    13 / 13
  • Number of Mercari shares owned
    1,508,970 shares
  • Number of shares to be issued upon exercise of Mercari stock acquisition rights owned
    944,459 shares
  • 略歴並びに当社における地位及び担当 Career summary and positions held in Mercari

    • Apr. 2003
      Joined Daiwa Securities SMBC Co. Ltd. (currently Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.)
    • Dec. 2006
      Joined mixi, Inc.
    • June 2008
      Director of mixi, Inc.
    • Dec. 2013
      Joined the Company
    • Mar. 2014
      Director and Head of Corporate Division of the Company
    • Apr. 2017
      Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Head of Corporate Division of the Company
    • Aug. 2019
      CEO of Kashima Antlers F.C. Co., Ltd. (current position)
    • Sept. 2019
      Director, President (Chairman of the Board) of the Company (current position)
  • 重要な兼職の状況 Significant concurrent positions

    • CEO of Kashima Antlers F.C. Co., Ltd.
  • Reasons for nomination

    Since joining the Company in 2013, Fumiaki Koizumi has driven the growth of the Corporate Division. In addition, since his appointment as Director of the Company, while leading the management of the Company as a whole, he has worked hard especially in the fields of public relations, corporate communications, ESG, etc., and he has contributed to enhancing the enterprise value of the Group as a whole. Expecting that he can contribute to the further growth of the Group as a whole and improve enterprise value going forward through his extensive experience and keen insight, particularly in the field of public relations, as well as in the management of Kashima Antlers F.C. Co., Ltd., the Company has again appointed him as a Director.
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Ken Takayama Date of birth: June 6, 1964

  • Tenure as Outside Director
    3 year
  • Number of Board of Directors meetings attended
    13 / 13
  • Number of Mercari shares owned
    0 shares
  • Number of shares to be issued upon exercise of Mercari stock acquisition rights owned
    0 shares
  • 略歴並びに当社における地位及び担当 Career summary and positions held in Mercari

    • Apr. 1988
      Joined The Industrial Bank of Japan, Limited (currently Mizuho Bank, Ltd.)
    • Nov. 1999
      Managing Director of Rakuten, Inc.
    • Feb. 2010
      Chief Financial Officer of Rakuten, Inc.
    • July 2014
      Outside Director of STAR FESTIVAL INC.
    • June 2015
      Outside Director (Audit and Supervisory Committee Member) of TECHMATRIX CORPORATION (current position)
    • Sept. 2018
      Outside Director of the Company (current position)
    • Nov. 2018
      Outside Director (Audit and Supervisory Committee Member) of Metaps Inc.
    • May 2019
      Outside Director of MEDIA DO HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. (currently MEDIA DO Co., Ltd.)
  • 重要な兼職の状況 Significant concurrent positions

    • Outside Director (Audit and Supervisory Committee Member) of TECHMATRIX CORPORATION
  • Reasons for nomination

    Ken Takayama has been supervising and providing advice to the management of the Company as an Outside Director by utilizing his specialized knowledge and extensive experience in financial businesses and managing internet services companies. As a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Advisory Committee, he is also deeply involved in deliberating the assessment and remuneration of Directors, Audit and Supervisory Board Members, and Senior Vice Presidents, and in discussions aimed at enhancing the corporate governance system. The Company has appointed him as an Outside Director to contribute to the further strengthening of the Group’s management structure.
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Makiko Shinoda Date of birth: March 1, 1968

  • Tenure as Outside Director
    1 year
  • Number of Board of Directors meetings attended
    10 / 10
  • Number of Mercari shares owned
    0 shares
  • Number of shares to be issued upon exercise of Mercari stock acquisition rights owned
    0 shares
  • 略歴並びに当社における地位及び担当 Career summary and positions held in Mercari

    • Apr. 1991
      Joined The Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan, Limited (currently Shinsei Bank, Limited)
    • Sept. 1998
      Joined McKinsey & Company, Inc.
    • Oct. 2002
      Joined Novartis Pharma K.K.
    • July 2007
      Head of Finance for Nestlé Nutrition K.K.
    • Dec. 2008
      Director & CFO of Tokyo Itoi Shigesato Office (currently Hobonichi Co., Ltd.)
    • Mar. 2020
      Director at YeLL Inc. (current position)
    • Sept. 2020
      Outside Director of the Company (current position)
  • 重要な兼職の状況 Significant concurrent positions

    • Director at YeLL Inc.
  • Reasons for nomination

    Makiko Shinoda has been supervising and providing advice to the management of the Company as an Outside Director by utilizing her specialized knowledge and extensive experience in D&I, ESG, finance, etc. As a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Advisory Committee, she is also deeply involved in deliberating the assessment and remuneration of Directors, Audit and Supervisory Board Members, and Senior Vice Presidents, and in discussions aimed at enhancing the corporate governance system. The Company has appointed her as an Outside Director to contribute to the further strengthening of the Group’s management structure.
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Norio Murakami Date of birth: March 31, 1947

  • Tenure as Outside Director
    - year
  • Number of Board of Directors meetings attended
    - / -
  • Number of Mercari shares owned
    0 shares
  • Number of shares to be issued upon exercise of Mercari stock acquisition rights owned
    0 shares
  • 略歴並びに当社における地位及び担当 Career summary and positions held in Mercari

    • Apr. 1970
      Joined Hitachi Electric Inc. (currently Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.)
    • Apr. 2003
      Vice President of Google, Inc. (currently Google LLC) and Representative Director and President of Google Japan, Inc. (currently Google Japan G.K.)
    • Jan. 2009
      Honorary Chairman of Google Japan, Inc. (currently Google Japan G.K.)
    • Jan. 2011
      Established Norio Murakami Office Co., Ltd., Representative Director (current position)
    • Mar. 2012
      Outside Director of V-cube, Inc. (current position)
    • Aug. 2013
      External Director of Weathernews Inc.
    • Dec. 2014
      President and Representative Director of ENERES Co., Ltd.
    • Oct. 2016
      Chairman and Representative Director of ENERES Co., Ltd.
    • Oct. 2017
      Outside Director of CellSource Co., Ltd. (current position)
    • Sept. 2021
      Outside Director of the Company (current position)
  • 重要な兼職の状況 Significant concurrent positions

    • Representative Director of Norio Murakami Office Co., Ltd.
    • Outside Director of V-cube, Inc.
    • Outside Director of CellSource Co., Ltd.
  • Reasons for nomination

    Norio Murakami has been appointed as an Outside Director in the expectation that he will contribute to the management of the Company as Mercari continues to grow. In his role, he will supervise and advise management by utilizing the experience of global corporate management and technical knowledge that he has accumulated in such roles as Representative Director, President, and Honorary Chairman of Google Japan, Inc. (currently Google Japan G.K.).
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