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Tadashi Onodera

A visionary veteran of the wireless industry with business administration and technical expertise. Continues playing a key role of operation of KDDI as a member of executive committees after his retirement as President of the Corporation in 2010. Assumed President in 2001 and took bold decisions, e.g. the shutdown of 2G TDMA service and network to pursue the highest business operational efficiency by writing off $963 million worth network asset when it served one million subscribers.

As President, also admitted the importance of fixed local access services and assets for a mobile operator as well as promoted the “Fixed, Mobile and Broadcasting Convergence,” and maintained or even expanded the fixed operations under the pressure of objection by the investors’ sector, which yielded the KDDI’s stronger position in the mobile industry today when the backhaul is a key challenge. Began engaged in the mobile business since late 80s when the company rolled out 1G analogue network. A contributor to the state and the national industry as a member of Information Security Policy Council of the Cabinet and Co-Chairman of Committee on Industrial Technology of Japan Business Federation (Keidanren).

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