Teisuke Kitayama

Teisuke Kitayama

Aspen Institute Trustee , President, Aspen Institute Japan

Teisuke Kitayama is Senior Advisor to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC).

He joined Mitsui Bank in 1969. After assuming various managerial positions in the bank, he was appointed General Representative in Thailand and General Manager of Bangkok Branch, Sakura Bank (Sakura Bank was formed in April 1990 through the merger of Mitsui Bank and Taiyo Kobe Bank). He returned to Japan in 1997 and was appointed Director and General Manager of Planning Division.

In 1999, Mr. Kitayama was appointed Secretary General of the Integration Strategy Committee of Sakura Bank, leading its merger with Sumitomo Bank to form Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) in April 2001. In 2004, he became Deputy President and Member of the Board of Directors of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG) and in 2005, he was appointed President of SMFG and Chairman of the Board of SMBC.

In April 2011, he resigned as President of SMFG to devote himself to his duties as Chairman of the Board of SMBC. In April 2017, he retired as Chairman of the Board of SMBC, and in June 2017, he resigned from SMBC’s Board of Directors, after which he became Senior Advisor to SMBC.

Mr. Kitayama also served as Vice Chairman of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives) from 2008 to 2014. He has been serving as Vice Chairman of Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2014 and Chairman of the Central Council for Education since 2015.

Mr. Kitayama received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Tokyo in 1969. He is married with one daughter.