Hiroaki Nakanishi

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Hiroaki Nakanishi
中西 宏明
Hiroaki Nakanishi cropped 2 Philip Hammond and Hiroaki Nakanishi 20160108.jpg
in Tokyo on January 8, 2016
Chairman of Hitachi
Assumed office
April 1, 2014
Preceded byTakashi Kawamura
10th President of Hitachi
In office
Preceded byTakashi Kawamura
Succeeded byToshiaki Higashihara
Personal details
Born (1946-03-14) 14 March 1946 (age 73)
Yokohama, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Alma materUniversity of Tokyo
Stanford University

Hiroaki Nakanishi KBE (中西 宏明, Nakanishi Hiroaki, born March 14, 1946) is a Japanese businessman and the current chairman of Hitachi[1], a Japanese multinational electronics and engineering conglomerate. He became the 10th president of Hitachi in 2010, and in 2014, he assumed the position of chairman and CEO.[2][3] He also serves as chairman of the Compensation Committee and general-manager of the Post-Earthquake Reconstruction & Redevelopment Division.[4]


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.[5]

Business career[edit]

with Philip Hammond (January 8, 2016)
Hitachi CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi with Hitachi Rail Global CEO Alistair Dormer at Newton Aycliffe opening ceremony

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.[6][7]

In 2010, he became president, and started the Smart Transformation Project which restructured the company following the global financial crisis, including the sale of Western Digital.[8][6] He received 173 million JPY in compensation in 2013.[9]


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  2. ^ "Message from the Top Management". Hitachi.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  3. ^ "Hiroaki Nakanishi - News, Articles, Biography, Photos - WSJ.com". Topics.wsj.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  4. ^ "Officer Profile | Quotes | Reuters.co.in". In.reuters.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  5. ^ "Hiroaki Nakanishi". Sblp.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  6. ^ a b "Hitachi Ltd. CEO Nakanishi Writing Template for Restoring Global Competitiveness for Japanese Industry (1)". Forbes. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  7. ^ "Hiroaki Nakanishi for Hitachi (HIT)". Wikinvest.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  8. ^ "Hitachi's Revival Isn't So Good for the City of Hitachi". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  9. ^ "Hiroaki Nakanishi: Executive Profile & Biography - Businessweek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2015-08-01.
Business positions
Preceded by
Takashi Kawamura
President of Hitachi
Succeeded by
Toshiaki Higashihara
Preceded by
Takashi Kawamura
Chairman of Hitachi