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Board of Directors

Mr. Sam Strijckmans – President & CEO

Sam Strijckmans is currently President & CEO of Nitto EMEA and Executive Vice President of Nitto Denko Corporation. Based in Leuven, Belgium, Sam takes the responsibility for the EMEA regional management.
From 2014 to 2016 he was Corporate Vice President Finance & Accounting based in Osaka and responsible for global finance projects such as global cash management. From 2012 to 2014 he was Executive Director & Vice Chairman of the Board of Nitto Bento, the N° 1 Hygienic & Industrial Tape company in Turkey, acquired by Nitto in June 2012. He was leading the acquisition process and was subsequently responsible for the post merger integration and execution of the emerging markets growth strategy for Middle East and North Africa. From 2004 until 2012 he was stationed in Genk, Belgium, as Chief Financial Officer of Nitto Belgium. Prior to his career within the Nitto Group he spent 7 years with Solutia Inc., the chemical spin off of Monsanto Corporation which was acquired by Eastman Chemicals in July 2012, where he held various finance assignments of increasing responsibility in Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. His first professional assignment was in audit with KPMG Belgium.


  • 2021: Executive Vice President Nitto Denko Corporation (Japan) – President & CEO Nitto EMEA NV (Belgium)
  • 2017: Senior Vice President Nitto Denko Corporation (Japan) - President & CEO Nitto EMEA NV (Belgium)
  • 2016: Vice President Nitto Denko Corporation (Japan) - President & CEO Nitto EMEA NV (Belgium)
  • 2014: Vice President Nitto Denko Corporation – Corporate Accounting & Finance (Japan)
  • 2012: Executive Director & Board Member, Nitto Bento Bantçilik San. ve Tic. AŞ (Turkey)
  • 2006: Chief Financial Officer & Board Member, Nitto Belgium (Belgium)
  • 2004: Chief Financial Officer, Nitto Belgium (Belgium)
  • 2000: Finance Director at Solutia Pharmaceutical Services (now Eastman) (Switzerland)
  • 1999: Finance Manager at Solutia Canada (now Eastman) (Canada)
  • 1997: Financial Analyst at Solutia Europe (now Eastman) (Belgium)
  • 1994: Auditor at KPMG (Belgium)


  • Master in Commercial & Consular Sciences at the University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium.
  • Master in Commercial & Financial Sciences at the University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium.
  • Master in Business Administration at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester in New York, US.

Mr. Yukinori Mizumoto - Vice President EMEA & Director EMEA Business Sector

Mr. Yukinori Mizumoto started his career in the Nitto Group in January 2016 as General Manager Hygiene Business. Mr. Mizumoto built over 25 years of experience in a Global Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Giant. He started his career as a mechanical engineer in 1989, shifted into project management, then extended into innovation program management. He also built a multi-geographic experience throughout his career with assignments in Japan, Germany, US, Thailand, China and Singapore. Mr. Mizumoto moved to Munich, Germany in April 2018 to take the lead in EMEA Business. He started his assignment in EMEA as Director of New Business development, moved on to the BASE business division the year after, and is now leading the entire business sector in EMEA as from April 2021.


  • 2021: Vice President EMEA & Director Business Sector (Germany)
  • 2019: Vice President EMEA & Director BASE Division (Germany)
  • 2018: Director – EMEA ANT Creation (Germany)
  • 2016: General Manager – Hygiene Business (Japan)
  • 2014: Innovation Manager in Laundry, P&G (Singapore)
  • 2010: Innovation Manager in Baby Care, P&G (Singapore)
  • 2006: Initiative Leader in Baby Care, P&G (China)
  • 2000: Manager of Engineering in Baby Care, P&G (Japan, USA, Thailand)
  • 1989: Lead Engineer in Baby Care, P&G (Japan, Germany)


  • 1989: Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa, Japan

Mr. Eizo Kawano, non-resident director


  • 2020: Director, Functional Division of BASE Sector, Japan
  • 2018: Chairman of Nitto Belgium, Belgium
  • 2016: Managing Director, Nitto Denko Materials Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2015: Director, Industrial Division of BASE Sector, Japan
  • 2014: General Manager, Business Planning Industrial Division, Japan
  • 2011: Manager, Business Planning Industrial Division, Japan
  • 2007: Manager, R&D of Tape Sector, Japan
  • 2006: Manager, R&D of Engineering Plastic Division, Japan
  • 2000: Assistant Manager, R&D of Engineering Plastic Division, Japan
  • 1995: R&D of Engineering Plastic Division, Japan
  • 1989: R&D of Media Material Unit, Japan
  • 1988: R&D Central Research Institute, Japan


  • Bachelor of Engineering – Himeji Institute of Technology - Campus Hyogo, Japan

Mr. Thierry Desseaux, non-resident director

Mr Desseaux has over 16 years of experience within the Nitto Group. He started his career at Nitto France as Sales Area Account Manager in 1998. In 2001 he moved to a Product Management function for the SPV Division which brought him to the Automotive industry by developing new interior protection solutions.  During 4 years from 2003 he was managing the French OEM business development as KAM before taking the lead of the French Nitto entity. From 2009, back to Automotive as European Sales Manager to lead the expansion of NVH solutions. Being part of the expansion of the Automotive network with (NTR) and the setup of the Russian entity in 2013, he took the position of Transportation Division Director in 2016 and the position of Director EMEA Customer Experience in 2021.


  • 2021: Director EMEA Customer Experience
  • 2016: Transportation Division Director EMEA
  • 2014: General Manager Sales and Planning Automotive EMEA
  • 2012: Senior Sales and Planning Manager Automotive EMEA
  • 2009: Sales Manager Automotive Europe
  • 2008: Sales Office Manager France
  • 2003: KAM Automotive
  • 2001: Product Manager SPV
  • 1998: Area Account Manager Sales
  • 1994: Sales Area Manager (Von Roll Isola)
  • 1990: Sales Area Manager (Sogica)


  • BTech Higher Nat Dipl – Electrical Eng and Sales

Mr. Koichi Ikeda, non-resident director

Mr Ikeda has over 30 years of experience within the Nitto Group. He started his career as R&D Engineer in Japan in 1989. In 1996 he accepted an international assignment in the United States working as Technology Manager. He returned to Japan in 1999 and continued his career within the R&D department executing several functions with increasing responsibility. In 2017 he took the lead of the Function products division as Director. In 2020 he was requested to accept a new international assignment as Chairman of Nitto Bento in Turkey which he combines with his new responsibility as Global Director Hygiene.


  • 2020: Chairman of Nitto Bento & Global director Hygiene (Turkey)
  • 2017: Director Functional Products division (Japan)
  • 2015: R&D General Manager Engineering plastics products (Japan)
  • 2014: R&D Manager Engineering plastics products (Japan)
  • 2013: Product Manager Double-sided tapes (Japan)
  • 2011: R&D Manager Industrial Tapes(Japan)
  • 2003: R&D Manager TASC department(Japan)
  • 1999: R&D Chief Researcher Double-sided tapes(Japan)
  • 1996: Technology Manager at Permacel (United States)
  • 1989: R&D Engineer (Japan)


  • Bachelor of Applied chemistry of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan

Mr. Steven Bruninx, director

Steven Bruninx became Director Corporate Strategy & Legal Affairs of Nitto EMEA NV in 2017 after holding various legal positions in the Nitto organization since 2008. His activity is focused on Risk management and Mid-term planning of the Nitto organisation in the EMEA region. In relation to mid-term planning he seeks to address Nitto EMEA’s challenges in terms of growth, digitalization and sustainability. After studying Law at the Universities of Leuven, Antwerp (BE) and Lund (SE), he worked as a lawyer-trainee and legal consultant for Deloitte. He concurrently held positions as a guest lecturer at the universities of Leuven and Brussels. From 2010 to 2012, he was a guest professor at the University of Vietnam.


  • 2017 – now: Director Corporate Strategy & Legal Affairs Nitto EMEA NV – Member Executive Committee
  • 2016 – 2017: Legal Director Nitto EMEA NV – Member Executive Committee Nitto EMEA NV
  • 2008 – 2016: Legal Counsel Nitto Europe NV
  • 2007 – 2015: Guest Professor positions in HUBrussel, KUL, UHasselt, Univesity Vietnam
  • 2005 – 2008: Legal consultant Deloitte Tax & Legal Services
  • 2003 – 2005: Lawyer - Trainee


  • 2003: Master in Law, University of Antwerp

  • Nitto Group Integrated Report
  • Nitto Innovation Lab

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