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Kobe Steel reassigns executives that were aware of data fabrication practices

Metal News - Published on Mon, 25 Dec 2017

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Kobe Steel Ltd announced that it has reassigned three executives after finding out that they had been aware of product data fabrication at the company. Japan’s third-largest steel-maker has admitted it supplied products with falsified specifications, which were used in products ranging from cars to bullet trains. The three senior officials were in charge of the company’s aluminum and copper business.

Kobe Steel will determine any reprimands after external investigators complete their probe, possibly in February. The firm said it will be unable to release the final report of the investigation by the end of the year, as had been planned earlier.

In November Kobe Steel released the results of an internal probe, saying its closed corporate culture and an overemphasis on meeting delivery dates lay behind the scandal and adding that it “needs to drastically change its organizational climate” to recover public trust.

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announced that at its board of directors meeting held today it decided on the following changes in its executive officers.


1. Changes in Areas of Responsibility for Some Executive Officers

NameNew Area of ResponsibilityFormer Areas of Responsibility
Takumi Fujii Managing Executive OfficerAssistant to the Head of the Aluminum & Copper BusinessResponsible for the aluminum cast and forged products business and aluminum extruded products business in the Aluminum & Copper Business. Responsible for environmental control and disaster prevention and overall safety management in the same Business.
Nobuaki Isono Managing Executive OfficerAssistant to the Head of the Aluminum & Copper BusinessResponsible for the Technology Control Department in the Aluminum & Copper Business. Responsible for the aluminum flat rolled products business in the same Business.
Seiji Hirata Executive OfficerAssistant to the Head of the Aluminum & Copper BusinessResponsible for the Planning & Administration Department and Raw Materials Department in the Aluminum & Copper Business. Responsible for the copper flat rolled products business in the same Business. Supports the managing executive officer responsible for the aluminum flat rolled products business in the same Business.
Yukimasa Miyashita Senior Managing Executive OfficerVice Head of the Aluminum & Copper Business. Responsible for the aluminum flat rolled products business and copper flat rolled products in the same Business.Responsible for the Sales Management & Administration Department and Purchasing Department in the Iron & Steel Business. Responsible for overall sales in the same Business.
Yoshihiro Oka Managing Executive OfficerResponsible for the Sales Management & Administration Department and Sheet Products Sales Department in the Iron & Steel Business. Responsible for overseas locations in the sheet products field in the same Business. Responsible for overall sales in the same Business.Responsible for the Sheet Products Sales Department in the Iron & Steel Business. Responsible for overseas locations in the sheet products field in the same Business.
Hajime Nagara Executive OfficerResponsible for the Planning & Administration Department, Raw Materials Purchasing Department and Purchasing Department in the Iron & Steel Business.Responsible for the Planning & Administration Department and Raw Materials Purchasing Department in the Iron & Steel Business.
 


2. Appointment of Executive Officer and Areas of Responsibility

NameNew Areas of Responsibility
Hiroaki Matsubara Managing Executive OfficerResponsible for the aluminum cast and forged products business and aluminum extruded products business in the Aluminum & Copper Business.
 


3. Appointment of New Presidents in Affiliated Companies

NameName of New PresidentCurrent Position
Kobelco Steel Tube Co., Ltd.Takashi OnishiPresident and Representative Director, Sakai Steel Sheets Works, Ltd.
Sakai Steel Sheets Works, Ltd.Kaoru KondoSenior General Manager, Nagoya Branch Office, Kobe Steel, Ltd.
 


4. Changes in General Manager-Class Personnel due to Appoint of New President in Affiliated Company

NameTitle on December 21, 2017Current Position
Shuichi SekiSenior General Manager, Nagoya Branch OfficeSenior General Manager, Assistant to the executive officer responsible for the Aluminum Flat Rolled Products Department for Automotive in the Aluminum & Copper Business
 

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 25 Dec 2017
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