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Greeting from Manabu Chikumoto, new President & CEO of Mitsubishi Chemical Group

I assumed the position of Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1, 2024. I am determined for the Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG Group) to realize KAITEKI.

Our Purpose is to lead with innovative solutions to achieve KAITEKI, the well-being of people and the planet. This is why our company exists and is central to the work we do.

In 2020, we announced KAITEKI Vision 30 (KV30), our medium to long-term basic management strategy. In formulating KV30, we envisioned our society in the year 2050 in concrete terms and identified social issues that we could best contribute to solving by backcasting from our vision. Four years have passed since then, and the world has become increasingly complex with the pandemic, rapidly evolving climate change, growing geopolitical risks, and more. The chemical industry is also faced with major challenges, such as becoming carbon neutral (CN) and contributing toward a circular economy (CE). Given the substantial global changes, the leadership team is now revisiting KAITEKI Vision 30 and formulating a renewed vision and strategy for 2035 to ensure that we are once again on a path toward achieving KAITEKI.

Portrait of Manabu Chikumoto, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Chemical Group
Manabu Chikumoto, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Chemical Group

Safety and Compliance

Safety and compliance constitute our core value, one that we should always bear in mind. If we are to work in unity, light up with vitality, and demonstrate our full strength, it is imperative to have in place, as the foundation of everything we do, workplaces where safety and security are ensured, each individual is respected, and mutual trust is fostered.


There are three principles I uphold as I undertake my work. The first is to take our business as seriously as I would if I were running my own family business. When I pass our business on to the next generation, I hope to pass it on in the best possible condition, as if I were passing the baton to my own children and grandchildren.

The second principle is to be grateful to my colleagues. Like everyone else, I have long been supported by countless co-workers, and I think it is important to always be appreciative of them.

The third principle is to enjoy life. It takes serious efforts to gain job satisfaction and feel fulfilled in life, so enjoyment of life comes from working hard.

I am excited to embark on this journey and I am looking forward to seeing what kind of KAITEKI awaits us in the future.


Professional Experience

  • April 1988: Joined Mitsubishi Chemical Industries Limited (Current: Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation)
  • April 2010: General Manager, Phenol and Polycarbonate Dept. Polymer Div., Mitsubishi chemical Corporation
  • February 2013 Managing Director, MCC PTA India Private Limited
  • April 2015 Managing Director, MCC PTA Asia Pacific Private Limited Managing Director, Mitsubishi Chemical Singapore Pte Ltd
  • April 2017 Senior Associate Director, Division General Manager, Basic Chemical Derivatives Div. Petrochemicals Business Domain, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • April 2018 Executive Officer, General Manager, Industrial Materials Strategy Office, Corporate Strategy Division, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (Current: Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation)
  • July 2021 Executive Officer, General Manager, Corporate Planning Office, Corporate Strategy Division, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation
  • April 2022 Division General Manager, Carbon Chemicals Div., Basic Materials Domain, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
  • April 2023 Corporate Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Head of Basic Materials, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation
  • April 2024 Representative Corporate Executive Officer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Group Corporation