Biography: Yutaka Matsuo
As of June 21, 2023
External Board Director, Independent Officer
Date of birth: January 26, 1975
|Apr. 2002||Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology|
|Aug. 2005||Visiting Scholar, Stanford University|
|Oct. 2007||Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo|
|Apr. 2019||Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo (to present)|
|June 2019||External Board Director, SoftBank Group Corp. (to present)|
Number of shares held
Dr. Yutaka Matsuo satisfies the qualifications of external directors as provided in Article 2, item 15 of the Corporate Laws.
Reason for nomination and expected role
Performing research into artificial intelligence (AI) over many years, Dr. Yutaka Matsuo was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in August 2005 and, in April 2019, became a professor at the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo. He has extensive knowledge and experience as a leading expert on AI, having served as a member of Government-led working groups. Although Dr. Matsuo does not have management experience, the Board believes that through his high level of expertise he can properly perform his duties as an External Board Director of SBG. In addition to offering advice on the Group’s long-term strategies and playing a vital role in business judgments and decisionmaking processes at the Board, Dr. Matsuo has also expressed views from the standpoint of minority shareholders of SBG. Also at the voluntary Nominating & Compensation Committee, he has made objective comments from an independent perspective as a member of the committee. The Board recognizes that he has made significant contributions to the improvement of enterprise value of SBG through the supervisory function.
SBG expects that Dr. Matsuo will use his wealth of knowledge and experience to supervise SBG and offer advice, and has elected him as an External Board Director for the further growth of the Group.