Mr. Okura brings to his new role more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services sector in both the United States and Japan. In 2019, he was appointed Corporate Advisor of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., as well as President of Hotel Okura Amsterdam, the home of the Hotel Okura brand in Europe for the past 50 years. He has since served in various executive positions in the Hotel Okura Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law from Keio University in Tokyo and a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University in New York.
His extensive experience in the financial sector across borders will further strengthen the management and evolution of the Group’s business, which will continue to expand globally.
Mr. Okura commented, “It is an absolute honor to accept this appointment as President and Representative Director of Okura Nikko Hotel Management. The hospitality industry is undergoing a period of great change due to the massive and prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I feel boundless gratitude to all our partners and patrons for their support as well as an immense amount of responsibility in taking on this position. In navigating through this time of great challenge, I will strive to continue to focus on our core value—omotenashi; the Japanese spirit of hospitality—with emphasis on our empathy and on a genuine and anticipatory approach to serving our guests. This spirit has underpinned the company’s operations since it commenced business almost 60 years ago, and will continue to be our guiding light as we further develop the company as a global operator to serve our guests around the world. I also hope to follow in the remarkable footsteps of my predecessors and industry leaders in contributing to the hospitality industry.”
In line with this appointment, Toshihiro Ogita will assume the position of Chairman and Representative Director of the company and will continue to serve as President and Representative Director of Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.