The Global Governing Board of the Caux Round Table has just elected Mr. Hironori Yano of Tokyo, Japan, and Mr. Simon Sproule of Seattle, Washington, to terms as members of the Board. Both Mr. Yano and Mr. Sproule bring much relevant experience to our work.
Mr. Yano is the new chair of CRT-Japan. For many years, he worked at the Toshiba Corporation and in 1998 became President of Toshiba Europe. Subsequently, he became director of the Nikkeiren business association. The Association later merged and became the Nippon Keidanren, or Japanese Business Federation. In 2000, Mr. Yano was named a managing director of the Federation and, in 2002, its senior managing director. He retired from the Federation in 2006 to become the executive director of Central Nippon Expressway Company.
During his years at the Nikkeiren and the Nippon Keidanren federations, Mr. Yano gained close personal knowledge of the challenges facing Japanese business and its opening to corporate social responsibility.
Mr. Sproule was born in the United Kingdom and educated at King's College, University of London. He has worked in communications in the automobile industry, first for Ford and then for Nissan. From 2000 to 2001, he was vice president, communications, for Jaguar Cars, North America, and then assumed responsibility for the combined brands of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover in North America.
In 2004, Mr. Sproule became Corporate Vice President for Communications for Nissan Motor Company, reporting to President and CEO Carlos Ghosn. He lead a team of 260 persons covering 190 markets. In 2005, he added corporate social responsibility to his portfolio. In that capacity, he worked closely with CRT-Japan in the incorporation by Nissan of the CRT's approach to CSR to Nissan's management of its CSR challenges.
In 2009, Mr. Sproule joined Microsoft as Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications in Redmond, Washington.
The Nissan approach to CSR, including an innovative report of its achievements, is available on its annual sustainability reports on the Nissan Global website.