ANA to appoint Hirako as new president to rejuvenate management

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All Nippon Airways Co. said Thursday it will appoint Yuji Hirako, a corporate executive officer and a director of parent ANA Holdings Inc., as its new president effective April 1.

Hirako, 59, will succeed Osamu Shinobe, who will become vice chairman of the holding company. Shinobe, 64, has been president for about four years.

Hirako, who currently doubles as a corporate executive officer and a director at ANA, has previously worked in group sales and marketing as well as corporate planning. He is expected to introduce measures for the airline to earn more from its international routes, which have future growth potential.

ANA overtook Japan Airlines Co. in terms of international flight passenger numbers under Shinobe's leadership.

Hirako, who graduated from the University of Tokyo, joined the predecessor of ANA Holdings in 1981. He has served as a corporate executive officer and a director since June 2015.

==Kyodo

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