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January 31, 2012

Changes to Corporate Directors of Kirin Holdings, Presidents of Main Group Companies

Tokyo, January 31, 2012—Kirin Group has decided on changes to the directors of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, as well as the presidents of its main Group companies Kirin Brewery Company, Limited and Kirin Beverage Company, Limited. The appointments are to be formally decided at the annual general meetings and board of directors meetings of each company, which are scheduled for the end of March.

1. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited

(1) Changes in Representative Managing Directors

To be newly appointed:

  • - Representative Managing Director: Hirotake Kobayashi (Managing Director of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited)
  • - Representative Managing Director: Hajime Nakajima (Managing Director of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited)

To resign:

Yoshiharu Furumoto (Managing Director and CFO, Representative Director): to be appointed as Executive Vice President of Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd.

(2) Changes in Directors and Auditors

Directors to be newly appointed:

Managing Director: Seiichi Hashimoto (Managing Director and General Manager of Corporate Planning Department, Kirin Brewery Company, Limited)
Director: Keisuke Nishimura (Executive Officer and General Manager of Strategy Planning Department, Kirin Holdings Company, Limited)
Director: Masahito Suzuki (Director and General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department, Kirin Beverage Company, Limited)

Directors resigning:

  • - Kazuyasu Kato (Chairman of the Board): to be appointed as Executive Adviser of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
  • - Yoshinori Isozaki (Managing Director): to be appointed as President and CEO of Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

Auditors to be newly appointed:

Kimie Iwata (Representative Director and Executive Vice President of Shiseido Company, Limited)

Auditors resigning:

Teruo Ozaki

2. Kirin Brewery Company, Limited

To be newly appointed:

President and CEO: Yoshinori Isozaki (Managing Director of Kirin Holdings Company, Limited)

To resign:

Koichi Matsuzawa (President and CEO)

3. Kirin Beverage Company, Limited

To be newly appointed:

President and CEO: Yoshinori Shuto (Executive Vice President and Senior General Manager of the Marketing Division, Kirin Beverage Company, Limited)

To resign:

Hitoshi Maeda (President and CEO)

*Title in parenthesis refers to current title


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