Hiroaki Nakanishi

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Hiroaki Nakanishi
10th President of Hitachi
Assumed office
Preceded by Takashi Kawamura
Personal details
Born 14 March 1946
Nationality Japan
Alma mater University of Tokyo
Stanford University
Occupation Businessman

Hiroaki Nakanishi (中西 宏明 Nakanishi Hiroaki?, born March 14, 1946) is the current CEO of Hitachi, the Japanese multinational electronics and engineering conglomerate company. He became the 10th President of Hitachi in 2010, and in 2014, he assumed the position of the CEO. [1][2] He also serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee and General-Manager of the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction & Redevelopment Division.[3]


Nakanishi was born in Yokohama, Japan. He attended the University of Tokyo, receiving a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1970. He later attended Stanford University, receiving a Master's degree in computer engineering in 1979.[4]

Business career[edit]

Nakanishi joined Hitachi's Omika Works Computer Control Design Department in 1970 immediately after graduating from college. His first management position was in the Information and Telecommunications Group. In 1998, he became the Managing Director of Hitachi Europe. In 2004, he became Senior Vice President. In 2007, he became the Chairman of Hitachi America and Chairman of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.[5][6]

In 2010, he became President. As President, he started the Smart Transformation Project which restructured the company following the global financial crisis, including the sale of Western Digital.[7][5] He received 173 million JPY in compensation in 2013.[8]


Business positions
Preceded by
Takashi Kawamura
President of Hitachi