5:45PM – 8:30PM
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Leading after a Nuclear Accident: Lessons from Fukushima
In March 2011, the largest earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s recorded history severely damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing the most significant nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Naomi Hirose SOM’83 was tapped as president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to lead the company’s response to the disaster and to help the surrounding community recover.
Mr. Hirose faced tremendous challenges in a highly scrutinized position. He will provide an overview of the Fukushima Daiichi situation, how he developed a vision for stakeholders, “while executing a remedial program which will extend decades, requires technology as yet not invented, costs an unimaginable amount of money, and is filled with danger and uncertainty.” Mr. Hirose will share lessons learned for leadership, communication, and crises response from this experience.
Naomi Hirose is senior executive whose service at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) spans four decades. He joined the company in 1976, having gained an appreciation for the energy industry following the 1973 Oil Shock, and worked in a number of management positions from 1992 to 2005, including corporate planning, sales, marketing, and customer relations.
Mr. Hirose became an executive officer in 2006, and in 2008, conceived and spearheaded a campaign promoting the economic and environmental benefits of electrification, called “Switch” that was a Japan-first. In 2010, he re-energized the company vision for global expansion.
Immediately after the 3.11 Fukushima Accident, Mr. Hirose dedicated himself to create the system for Nuclear Damage Compensation. After becoming President and CEO in 2012, he led the company in addressing a number of highly complex issues such as water management and decommissioning plans for the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, compensation for the accident and Fukushima revitalization, and keeping TEPCO competitive while facing the deregulation of Japan’s electricity market.
He currently serves as Executive Vice Chairman, Fukushima Affairs, overseeing the utility’s passionate and steadfast efforts to reconstruct and revitalize Fukushima Prefecture.
Mr. Hirose received his B.A. in Sociology from Hitotsubashi University in 1976, and his MBA from Yale School of Management in 1983.
Presented by YaleBoston in association with Yale School of Management Alumni Association--Boston and Yale School of Management Class of 1983.
• 5:45pm to 6:30pm: Check in, mingling, and refreshments
• 6:30pm to 8:00pm Talk and Q&A
• 8:00pm - 8:30pm: Networking
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