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  • February 29, 2008

JAL Announce Board Changes for FY2008

Tokyo, February 29, 2008: The Japan Airlines Group today announced changes to the boards of directors and executive officers of Japan Airlines Corporation (the JAL Group holding company) and Japan Airlines International, the Group’s main operating airline for FY2008, the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009.

The JAL Group is currently making consolidated efforts to restructure its business according to its Medium Term Revival Plan. In FY2008, the airline group will continue pushing forward with the various measures that are already underway and strive to achieve the targets set. In order to do this, JAL has decided to reappoint the executive directors who were appointed last fiscal year, and keep changes down to a minimum.

The changes announced today are effective April 1, although some of them are subject to the approval of the annual general meeting of shareholders in late June when proposed new board members announced today can be formally elected. New executive officers do not have board voting rights and their appointments do not require shareholder approval.

Mr. Haruka Nishimatsu remains as President and CEO of the JAL Corporation and JAL International. As already announced on February 8, 2008 Toshiyuki Shinmachi will retire on March 31, 2008 from his position as board chairman of both companies. He will be joined by Mr. Takao Fukuchi who will retire from his post as Senior Vice President, Cargo and Mail also at then end of March.

The post of JAL chairman will remain vacant, and Mr. Fukuchi will be replaced by Mr Kunio Hirata. Promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Finance, Accounting, Purchasing will be Mr. Yoshimasa Kanayama. Mr Hirata and Mr Kanayama will remain in their current positions of Executive Officer from April 1, up until their new titles are approved at the annual general meeting of shareholders.

Promotions within the ranks of the current board of members will result in President Nishimatsu being supported by two Vice Presidents, one Senior Managing Director and 3 Managing Directors.

A slight change to the power of Senior Executive Officer will enable the Group to strengthen its corporate governance.

A “Corporate Climate Reform Committee” will be established chaired by the President with an executive director appointed in charge. The committee will carry out activities that will cut across departments and job types helping to firmly establish within the Group a corporate culture founded on the pillars of safety and customer satisfaction.

JAL Corporation and JAL International’s Board of Directors have been listed below reflecting the changes that will be made in FY2008. FY2008 promotions have been listed in bold.

Retirements and Executive Officer promotions have been listed separately for both companies.

 

Japan Airlines Corporation

Board of Directors Including Promotions

Name

Title

Assignments

Haruka NISHIMATSU

President

Chairman, Executive Management Board / JAL Group CEO

Katsuhiko NAWANO

Executive Vice President

Assistant to the President / Airport Projects / Corporate Governance

Tetsuya TAKENAKA

Promoted to Executive Vice President

Assistant to the President / Corporate Planning

Kiyoshi KISHIDA

Senior Managing Director

Corporate Safety Division / Environmental Affairs

Toshio ANNAKA

Promoted to Managing Director

Human Resources Management

Shunichi SAITO

Promoted to Managing Director

Passenger Sales & Marketing

Masaaki HAGA

Promoted to Managing Director

Engineering & Maintenance Division

Kimio HIROIKE

Senior Vice President

Airport Operations Division

Masato UEHARA

Senior Vice President

Customer Satisfaction Improvement Division

Teruo HARAFUJI

Senior Vice President

Flight Operations Division

Shigemi KURUSU

Senior Vice President

Cabin Attendants Division

Kunio HIRATA

Promoted to Senior Vice President*

Cargo & Mail Division

Yoshimasa KANAYAMA

Promoted to Senior Vice President*

Finance, Accounting & Purchasing

Shunji KONO

Senior Vice President (Part-time/ external)

 

Kiyofumi KAMIJO

Senior Vice President (Part-time/ external)

 

*From April 1, up until the 2008 General Shareholder’s Meeting Kunio Hirata and Yoshimasa Kanayama remain as executive officers.

 

Executive Officer Promotions

Manabu SATO

Promoted to Executive Officer

Administration Planning,, Deputy Director (corporate business planning)

 

Retirements

Toshiyuki SHINMACHI

Chairman

Leaves office Mar 31, 2008. Assumes the post of JALI resident advisor from Apr 1, 2008.

Takao FUKUCHI

Senior Vice President

Leaves office Mar 31, 2008. Assumes the post of JALI advisor from Apr 1, 2008.

 

JAL International Co., Ltd

Board of Directors Including Promotions

Name

Title

Assignments

Haruka NISHIMATSU

President

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Safety Enhancement Task Force, Chairman of CS Promotion Committee, Chairman of Corporate Climate Reform Committee, Chairman of CSR Committee, Chairman of Global Environment Committee, Chairman of Compliance and Risk Management Committee

Katsuhiko NAWANO

Executive Vice President

Assistant to the President / Airport Projects / Corporate Governance

Tetsuya TAKENAKA

Promoted to Executive Vice President

Assistant to the President / Corporate Planning

Kiyoshi KISHIDA

Senior Managing Director

Corporate Safety / Corporate Climate Reform/ Environmental Affairs

Toshio ANNAKA

Promoted to Managing Director

Human Resources Management / Director of Health Management Office

Shunichi SAITO

Promoted to Managing Director

Passenger Sales & Marketing  / Asia and Oceania Region

Masaaki HAGA

Promoted to Managing Director

Engineering & Maintenance

Kimio HIROIKE

Senior Vice President

Airport Operations

Masato UEHARA

Senior Vice President

Customer Satisfaction Improvement

Teruo HARAFUJI

Senior Vice President

Flight Operations

Shigemi KURUSU

Senior Vice President

Cabin Attendants

Kunio HIRATA

Promoted to Senior Vice President*

Cargo & Mail

Yoshimasa KANAYAMA

Promoted to Senior Vice President*

Finance, Accounting & Purchasing

Shunji KONO

Senior Vice President

 

Kiyofumi KAMIJO

Senior Vice President

 

*From April 1, up until the 2008 General Shareholder’s Meeting Kunio Hirata and Yoshimasa Kanayama remain as executive officers.

 

Executive Officer Promotions

Makoto ONISHI

Promoted to Senior Executive Officer

Deputy Director of Passenger Sales and Marketing in charge of East Japan Region (concurrently) Tokyo Office Manager

Yoshio IMAJO

Promoted to Executive Officer (New post

Director of Operations Control Center

Susumu FUKUSHIMA

Promoted to Executive Officer (New Post)

Deputy Director of Airport Division, in charge of Narita Area, in charge of Narita Administration  (concurrently) Narita Airport Office Manager

Takashi SAITO

Promoted to Executive Officer (New post

Deputy Director of Maintenance Division (concurrently) Director of Maintenance Planning

Manabu SATO

Promoted to Executive Officer (New post

Deputy Director of Corporate Planning (corporate business plan)

 

Retirements

Toshiyuki SHINMACHI

Chairman

Leaves office Mar 31, 2008. Assumes the post of JALI resident advisor from Apr 1, 2008.

Takao FUKUCHI

Senior Vice President

Leaves office Mar 31, 2008. Assumes the post of JALI advisor from Apr 1, 2008.

Masayoshi FUKUDA

Executive Officer

Leaves office Mar 31, 2008. Assumes the post of JALI advisor as of Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2008.

Tetsuo OTA

Executive Officer

Leaves office Mar 31, 2008. Assumes the post of JALI advisor as of Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2008.

 

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