Haruo Kawahara

Mr.Kawahara joined the Aspirant Group from February 2017.
He was a Senior Vice President and a member of the Board in the last stage from 1961 to 2000 in Toshiba.
He has extensively experienced as a Corporate Executive for corporate strategic business management and M&A.
He also was the CEO of a joint venture company in USA between United Technologies Corporation and Toshiba to develop and commercialize fuel cell power plants.
In the early years of his career, he had more than 20 years of engineering and management experience of computer control system development and commercialization to fully automate power generation plant operations.
For two years from 2000, as a Senior Advisor in Ripplewood Japan, a PE fund in USA, he was engaged in the acquisition of Nippon Columbia from Hitachi and Marantz from Philips, and in restructuring the audio industry.
From 2002 to 2008, he was engaged to revitalize KENWOOD as President & CEO from Negative Net-Worth into V-shape turn-around of historical highest net income.
From 2008, he established JVCKENWOOD integrated KENWOOD and JVC as Chairman & CEO and succeeded to the next management in 2016.

  • Senior Advisor at Aspirant Group, Inc., since February 2017
  • Director at ZMP since March 2017
  • Advisor at JVC KENWOOD Corporation since June 2016.
  • CEO of JVC KENWOOD Corporation (formerly JVC KENWOOD Holdings, Inc.) from 2008 to June, 2016
  • Chairman of JVC KENWOOD Corporation from October 2008 to June 2016
  • CEO of Kenwood Corporation from 2002 to 2007
  • Senior advisor at Ripplewood Japan from 2000 to 2002.
  • Corporation staff general manager head office at Toshiba from 1991 to 2000
  • General manager business operation at Toshiba from1987 to 1991
  • Engineering manager at Toshiba from 1973 to 1985