Mr. Tadashi YANAI
Advisory Council Member, BXAI
Chairman, President and CEO, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd.
Mr. Tadashi YANAI is Chairman, President and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., the leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO.
Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, with global sales of approximately 1.8619 trillion yen for the 2017 fiscal year ending August 31, 2017 (US $16.87 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2017 rate of $1 = 110.4 yen) and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer. With a corporate statement committed to “Changing clothes. Changing conventional wisdom. Change the world,” Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.
Mr. Yanai started with a single UNIQLO store in Hiroshima in 1984, building this to more than 1,900 UNIQLO stores today across 19 markets worldwide, including Japan, UK, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, US, France, Singapore, Russia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Canada and Spain.
In 2017, Mr. Yanai was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 Greatest Business Minds. In 2014, UNIQLO was awarded Retailer of the Year Award by the World Retail Congress, and Mr. Yanai was ranked among the Best Performing CEOs in the World by Harvard Business Review. He has been named in TIME magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World and has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from CNBC – leading global broadcaster of live business and financial news and information. In addition to his role at Fast Retailing, Mr. Yanai has been an external director of Softbank Corp., a Japanese listed company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) that is engaged in the telecommunications and Internet business, since June 2001.
Born February 7, 1949 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Mr. Yanai graduated from Tokyo’s Waseda University in March 1971 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Economics. Mr. Yanai is married, with two grown children.
For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.