Kudo graduated from the famous Keio University in Tokyo in March 1982 and started working for Asahi Kasei the following month. After holding various positions, Kudo took over as head of the Roica business unit, producing premium stretch fibers from elastic polyurethane filament, in May 2008. He continued his career in the field of technical textiles and filaments in the following years, becoming President of the Osaka-based Fibers & Textiles Strategic Business Unit (SBU) in 2017. Two years later, new responsibilities were added as President of the Performance Products SBU, in addition to Fibers and Textiles, he was in charge of the activity with engineering plastics, synthetic rubber, elastomers as well as household and packaging materials. Kudo also participated in the creation of a new department for mobility materials, launched in April 2020 to focus on products for the automotive sector.
Asahi Kasei’s new chairman will continue the successful strategic work of his predecessor Hideki Kobori, who has significantly shaped the group since 2016. The continued handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the focus on sustainability, carbon neutrality and biobased production processes are milestones. of his work as president. Similarly, in 2016, the Asahi Kasei Group transitioned to an operational holding structure and divided its business segments into Materials, Homes and Healthcare, enabling effective collaboration within the company. During his presidency, Kobori further expanded Asahi Kasei’s global presence. One of the main achievements was the successful creation and development of Asahi Kasei Europe business activities since April 2016. In addition, he was responsible for focused business development activities including capacity expansions for battery separators , airbag filaments, synthetic rubber and anti-virus filters. This also included the strategic positioning focused on the automotive and medical sectors with major acquisitions such as Sage Automotive Interiors in the United States, the Swedish sensor company Senseair as well as Veloxis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., focused on the commercialization of immunosuppressive drugs in the United States. -United.
With 40 years of corporate experience as a solid foundation, the new chairman will lead the company into a new century in its history, as Asahi Kasei celebrates its 100th anniversary in May 2022. The coronavirus has shown how life and people’s health are important. Asahi Kasei will deepen its operations in the medical sector with solutions that can link offerings in the chain of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring, making its healthcare operations a third pillar of activity alongside Material. and Homes. In addition, Asahi Kasei aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, seeking to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% through 2030. Therefore, Kudo will also continue the operations of the Department of sustainable development strategy planning, with ongoing efforts. around activities that contribute to creating a sustainable society within the framework of a unified corporate policy. The Green Solution Project, a new organizational unit reporting directly to the company president will also be one of his key responsibilities.