Tokyo February 8, 2008: The chairman of Japan Airlines Corporation and Japan Airlines International, Toshiyuki Shinmachi, will retire from the board on March 31, 2008.
Toshiyuki Shinmachi (65) was elected president of JAL, Asia and Japan's largest airline group, in June 2004 after an airline career focused primarily on the cargo transportation business. On April 1, 2005 he assumed the position of JAL Group CEO. On June 2006, he took up his current position as JAL Group chairman.
Born on January 20, 1943, Mr. Shinmachi joined JAL in April 1965 after graduating from Gakushuin University where he studied politics and economics. He spent nearly his entire career in JAL’s cargo department which included three overseas assignments in Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York.
As C.E.O and Chairman Toshiyuki Shinmachi has played a key role in JAL Group’s business revival which is progressing well, as indicated by the JAL Group’s FY2007 third quarter results announced today. His significant contribution to the strengthening of safety at the JAL has ensured that safety has been re-established as the airline group’s No.1 priority.
No successor has been appointed to the position of chairman. The position will remain vacant after Mr. Shinmachi retires.