Per the title, today (11th December 2014) a change in CEO was decided at the board of directors’ meeting that was held immediately after an interim general meeting. The details of the decision reached are as follows.
Resignation: Masao Okano, club CEO
Newly appointed: Minoru Tamada, club CEO
NB: Assumption of position commences on 1st February, 2015.
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■DOB: 10.7.1953 (61 years old)
■Place of birth: Hyogo Prefecture
■History: March 1977 Kansai Gakuin University, Economics Department graduate
April 1977 joined Yanmar Diesel Co., Ltd. (currently known as Yanmar Co., Ltd.)
November 1992 Section chief, Soccer Professionalism Promotion Group (Yanmar)
January 1994 Senior Executive Manager, Osaka Soccer Club Co., Ltd.
April 1997 Director, Project and Advertisement Manager, Osaka Soccer Club Co., Ltd.
June 1998 GHP Sales Section Chief, Yanmar Diesel Co., Ltd.
June 2000 Air Conditions System Sales Manager, Energy Systems Corporate Headquarters
March 2003 Branch Manager, Nagoya branch, Yanmar Energy Systems Co., Ltd.
October 2004 Branch Manager, Osaka branch, Yanmar Energy Systems Co., Ltd.
March 2005 Director and Sales Manager, Yanmar Energy Systems Co., Ltd.
June 2007 Managing Director and Sales Manager, Yanmar Energy Systems Co., Ltd.
March 2008 CEO (also Manager of Executive Officers of Yanmar Co., Ltd. Energy Systems Corporate Headquarters), Yanmar Energy Systems Co., Ltd.
April 2013 (also Manager of Managing Executive Officers of Yanmar Co., Ltd. Energy Systems Corporate Headquarters)
1st February 2015 (scheduled) CEO, Osaka Soccer Club Co., Ltd.
■ Minoru Tamada’s comments
“My heartfelt thanks go out to all of Cerezo Osaka’s supporters and fans. I would like to say a word or two to everyone who has supported the club.
Our club will play in the J2 League this coming season. However, despite this setback, the team and the club staff members will collaborate to get the team back on its feet and into the J1 League by the end of next year. Furthermore, Cerezo will aim to provide its supporters, hometown fans, sponsors and club affiliates with a club that inspires hope and joyfulness; and to that end, we intend to work vigorously toward an honest and dedicated management of this club. I urge everyone to continue their support, as well as to intensify their love of this great club.”