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Director, Representative Executive Officer, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), LIXIL Group Corporation
President and CEO, LIXIL Corporation
CEO, LIXIL Water Technology
CEO, LIXIL Housing Technology
Kinya Seto assumed the role of Director, Representative Executive Officer, President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIXIL Group Corporation in June 2016. He also serves as President and CEO, LIXIL Corporation, and CEO of LIXIL Water Technology. and CEO of LIXIL Housing Technology.
Seto began his career with Sumitomo Corporation, a major Japanese trading company in 1983. After holding various key posts at Sumitomo Corporation, he has gone on to establish more than ten companies in Japan and overseas, including MonotaRO Co., Ltd., a direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, which under his leadership grew into one of the largest and most profitable MRO distribution companies in Japan. Seto served as President and Director of MonotaRO since 2006 and then became Chairman and Director in 2012, with the company recognized in Forbes Asia's "Best under A Billion" list in 2013 and ranked in Nikkei Business as the leading growth company in Japan and ninth globally following the 2008 financial crisis. He also previously served as Non-Executive Director of Zoro Tools, Inc. and President of K-engine Co. Ltd.
Seto's other global leadership roles include having lead Asia Pacific operations for W.W. Grainger, Inc., a leading global MRO supplier, and heading the global online business operations for Grainger based out of London.
He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Tokyo and an MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.