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Hiroshi Kawano

Head of Japanese Corporate Banking for the Americas

Hiroshi Kawano is the Head of Japanese Corporate Banking for the Americas, effective May 2023. 

Prior to this, Mr. Kawano held the Executive Officer and Managing Director roles, and was the Head of Global Planning, since June 2021. In this role, he was responsible for planning and overseeing the MUFG operations outside of the home market, mostly focusing on the U.S. and EMEA. Mr. Kawano also oversaw the strategic sale of MUFG Union Bank to U.S. Bancorp as the Tokyo Transition Management Office lead.

Mr. Kawano served as Managing Director and Deputy Head of Corporate Planning Division in Tokyo from May 2019 to May 2021, responsible for promoting transformational managerial initiatives, mainly focusing on non-organic activities of MUFG. 

During his time as Chief Manager of the Global Commercial Baking Planning Division in Tokyo from July 2018 to April 2019, Mr. Kawano oversaw business development and investment activities mainly in Pacific Rim area. He also belonged to the M&A division of Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, one of the major subsidiaries of MUFG, for five years where he was in charge of the M&A advisory business.

During his 25 years of tenure with the bank, Mr. Kawano has developed strong corporate finance expertise as an account officer of large Japanese corporates through his assignments both in Japan and the U.S. He also got the opportunity to develop expertise in human resources during his assignment at the Human Resource division.

Mr. Kawano earned a Master of Business Administration from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hitotsubashi University.