Makoto Takashima is President and CEO of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC). Mr. Takashima joined The Sumitomo Bank, Limited in April 1982. Over the next five years, Mr. Takashima not only learned the basics of the banking business but also attended law school in the United States. In 1987, he started his career in the cross-border M&A advisory team of the bank and spent several years working in both Tokyo and New York.
In November 1991, he assumed the position of Assistant Manager for Strategic Planning within the International Planning Department, stationed in Tokyo. This began his career in
the arena of international banking.
After the 2001 merger of the Sumitomo Bank and Sakura Bank into SMBC, Mr. Takashima was promoted to Joint General Manager of the Planning Department, International
Banking Unit in June 2002, and to General Manager of the Planning Department, Americas Division, headquartered in New York, in March 2003.
n October 2006, he was once again transferred back to Tokyo and promoted to General Manager of Strategic Planning in the Corporate Planning Department to head up the team tasked with formulation of SMBC’s Medium-term Management Plan for FY 2007-2009.
After this special assignment, he returned to the global banking arena as General Manager of the Planning Department, International Banking Unit in April 2008, and became a Director (Executive Officer) of SMBC in April 2009.
From April 2010 to March 2012, Mr. Takashima, as Director and General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department, was responsible for bank-wide planning and strategy, which included working through the aftermath of the world-wide financial crisis and enhancing the bank’s capital and liquidity position to cope with the new global regulatory environment.
From April 2012 to March 2014, Mr. Takashima held the post of Managing Director and CEO of the Americas Division of SMBC.
In April 2014, he was promoted to Senior Managing Director, Member of the Management Committee, and took the position of Co-Head of the International Banking Unit. In December 2016, Mr. Takashima took on the added responsibility of Director (Member of the Board) of SMBC.
In April 2017, Mr. Takashima was appointed as President and CEO of SMBC.
Born on March 31, 1958, Mr. Takashima holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law, Kyoto University and a Master of Laws degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He is married with two sons. He enjoys reading, and is an avid concertgoer, often scanning the critical reviews of important concerts and historical recordings.