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Shinichiro Ito to Take the Reins at ANA
- president and CEO from April 2009 -

TOKYO January 16, 2009 - At an extraordinary meeting of the ANA Board of Directors this afternoon, ANA senior executive vice president Shinichiro Ito was named as president and CEO, effective from April 1 this year.

In his 35 years at ANA, Mr. Ito has held senior positions spanning the major areas of the company, including Engineering and Maintenance, Airport Administration, Personnel, and Corporate Planning. In his present role he is responsible for Marketing & Sales, CS (Customer Satisfaction) Promotion and Products & Services Strategy.

Mr. Ito is seen as a consensus builder who, thanks to his broad experience and expertise, has been able to unify colleagues from all walks of the company behind a corporate strategy that has served ANA well in recent years. He takes the reins in turbulent times, however, by emphasising ANA’s front-line functions and working to bring fresh energy to the ANA ranks under his personal motto of “sincerity in all things,” he expects to further improve reliability, on-time and operational performance, and service, which make up ANA’s customer proposition. ANA will continue to maintain safety as its highest priority, as the company prepares for the new opportunities and challenges arising from expanded airport infrastructure in the Tokyo metropolitan area in 2010.

He succeeds Mineo Yamamoto, who has led ANA through four years of sustained growth and profitable operations despite the relentless rise in the price of oil for almost the entire term. Under Mr. Yamamoto, ANA successfully restructured its ancillary businesses, including the sale of its hotel chain, to concentrate resources on its airline operation. He also oversaw a period of international expansion in terms of network and passengers, as well as the establishment of ANA Cargo as one of the third pillars of ANA’s core business alongside domestic and international passenger operations. ANA was also named ‘Airline of the Year’ by Air Transport World magazine in the middle of his term.

Mr. Yamamoto will become vice-chairman of ANA Group, also effective April 1, working with the current chairman and fellow former president and CEO, Yoji Ohashi.

Contact: Rob Henderson, Public Relations:
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