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In the wake of the announcement about its CEO's plan to step down at the end of March 2013, Shiseido Co., Ltd. announced it is implementing administrative changes, including transferring designated personnel members, as of April 1, 2013. In order to enhance initiatives to devise and accelerate the promotion of the company’s environmental strategies, as well as create synergies in tandem with company-wide corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities, the environmental planning department will be integrated into the CSR department, and the environmental planning group will be newly established within the CSR department.
In order to establish a system that facilitates management of the Shiseido Group’s overall supply chain, certain functions of the logistics department, the international logistics department and the production department will be unified, and restructuring will be carried out and the department name changed to the supply chain management department.
In the area of research and development, among the research functions handled by the skin care product research and development center, makeup and hair care and styling products research and development center, human materials research and development center, and the innovative science research and development center, those research functions (beauty equipment and dermatology) that are highly relevant to the development of cosmetic products will be integrated. Accordingly, restructuring will be carried out along with the changing department name to the cosmetics research and development center and cosmetics basic research center.
In the area of research and development, research promotion functions, including patent affairs, will be consolidated into the research administration department.
Personnel changes among executives are to include:
The changes in directors for subsidiaries and affiliates are subject to approval at their respective general meeting of shareholders and subsequently by the board of directors.