Message from the CEO

2025 and Beyond

Tamotsu AdachiRepresentative Director, Chairman and CEO

I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to all of our stakeholders for your constant support of the business and activities of the Benesse Group. The Group adopted a new management structure in April 2021 under which I was appointed Representative Director and Chairman, CEO of Benesse Holdings, and Hitoshi Kobayashi was appointed Representative Director and President, COO. Mr. Kobayashi also serves as Representative Director and President of Benesse Corporation. Under the new structure, I will continue to be responsible for determining the management policy for the Group, promoting activities to instill sustainability and the corporate philosophy, as well as for the executive personnel and the Berlitz business. I will communicate closely with COO Kobayashi and all of our business executives as I endeavor to lead the Group.

Our education and nursing care businesses are facing major changes in their operating environments. Society and personal values are changing dramatically with Japan’s maturing economy, aging population and low birthrate, business globalization, and advances in digital technology as well as the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

In this business environment, in fiscal 2021, the Benesse Group launched a new medium-term management plan with a target end date of fiscal 2025. The initiative is geared to our vision of society in 2030 when the Group will have an even greater social responsibility as a leader in education and nursing care. The initiative is also meant to reconfirm to our stakeholders our commitment that we are moving in the direction that will reestablish our business growth. By advancing digital transformation, using our current business assets to expand our business synergies, and strengthening the human resources leading our activities throughout the Group, we will accelerate the evolution of our core businesses and expansion into new business fields to create new value in the education and nursing care fields.

We are issuing this report for our stakeholders to gain a deeper understanding of our initiatives to create value, our business strategies and their progress, and the steps we are taking to fortify our management base. We hope this report will encourage dialogue between management and our stakeholders and we look forward to hearing your frank opinions and feedback about the management of the Group. We appreciate your ongoing support as the Benesse Group heads into the future.

Last updated : 2021/11/09