CEO Hiroshi Ito

My mission is to help provide a good working environment for all of our employees

I serve as chief of the Planning and Marketing Headquarters, one of our staffing departments. Our department is deeply involved in HR work such as hiring and education, organization, and systematization within the company, and in shaping corporate policies. We do work that is deeply involved in helping people and our company to "evolve," and I am keenly aware of the weight of our responsibilities.

My mission is to create a corporate culture and a work environment where employees can fully make use of their abilities. I hope to accelerate the growth of our company by organizing the framework of corporate mechanisms and policies to enable employees to pursue fulfilling professional lives, and by helping to form our corporate culture and corporate foundations. That way, I feel that we can hire motivated employees who are attracted to the lively employee and corporate culture, and to the many growth opportunities we offer. In other words, I feel we can attract people who can naturally embody our corporate philosophy, the "ITO Value."

The employees who continuously demonstrate leadership from the time they are junior employees, regardless of their titles or positions, are the ones who will forge the future of this company. In other words, I believe that by expressing one's opinions from when they are a new hire, and by practicing how to draw out the opinions and the abilities of other team members, our employees are nurturing the skills required of a leader. Anyone who is curious and takes action will naturally extend their point of view from domestic matters out into international activities, and I think that those who have experienced the value of diversity have the potential to trigger innovation. We hope to recruit those who want to work together to create an international company that continues to innovate, without being bound to the old frameworks of a trading company.

Propose ideas aggressively and actively

In order to promote proactive, proposal-based sales, it is important to provide an opportunity for individual employees to give rich input based on their experiences and knowledge. In particular, we would like to establish a mechanism and an environment where it is possible to actively make overseas business trips, since that is an opportunity that provides a lot of input to our business. This will also lead to improving our organization through the sharing of experience and expertise by employees who have gone on overseas business trips, via our in-house SNS and in-house meetings. To make overseas business trips possible in an environment where we are busy with a large amount of day-to-day work, the understanding and support of surrounding team members is essential.

Going to see things first-hand. Experiencing. Meeting people. These experiences leads to new ideas and insights, and I am working to develop a corporate culture where experiences and ideas gathered in this way result in better proposals and services for our customers.

Change is essential for advances in new business areas

The company has started a medium-range plan with efforts to accumulate technical expertise and know-how in the latest technologies such as robotic sensors, energy efficiency, environmental engineering, and other business areas. In particular, we are trying to create a focus on automation solutions centering on robotics as one pillar of our business. We would also like to support the value chains of our customer businesses by making proposals ranging from international purchasing to overseas marketing.

In order to expand into these new business areas, the idea of "change" is constantly required in our company and in our employees. We expect many people to feel a sense of resistance toward frequent changes, however we expect that our employees will constantly keep changing and innovating. I strive to convey the sense that "there is a larger risk in not changing." Change and transformation are big words and the words themselves can lead to a sense of resistance, but it is easier if when approached as an "evolution" made with small changes every day, resulting in a sudden notice of big changes and leading to the experience of success.

If it is possible to change the awareness of the company and its employees, and to have the common goal of "creating innovation as a trading company," we think that new benefits and values will arise naturally for us to offer to our customers.

Enhancing our employees' experience, to create interesting work together with our clients

We naturally focus on employee training and human resource development systems to develop the abilities of our employees, but we also value giving various opportunities to each employee so that they can have a wide variety of experiences. For example, we offer the mechanism and environment to increase work experience through participation in Hannover Messe, the world's largest exhibition of industrial machinery in Germany, as well as through business trips to Silicon Valley. We also developed a mechanism called the "ITO Innovation Challenge" where any employee can make new project proposals, enabling us to participate in activities such as robotics competitions, which is both uncommon for a trading company and which extend beyond our normal day-to-day operations.

When our employees all keep their antennas up, we can realize our corporate philosophy of "creating new value for our customers via new combinations and pairings." By always delivering new value to our customers, we hope that our customers will feel that it is interesting and fun to work with ITO Corporation and that transactions with ITO Corporation are a valuable experience to be treasured. To have our customers feel this way, and to earn their business for many years to come—I believe that this is the ultimate ideal for our company.