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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. Kenshi Tozuka – Transformation Projects Director EMEA

Kenshi Tozuka is currently Transformation Projects Director EMEA. He started his career at Nitto in 1996 within the Accounting department at the HQ in Japan. He accepted an international assignment at Nitto Belgium between 2006 and 2010. After returning to Japan he had several functions within finance, accounting and corporate planning with growing responsibilities.


  • 2023: Transformation Projects EMEA (Belgium)
  • 2022: Finance & Accounting HQ (Japan)
  • 2021: Corporate Planning HQ (Japan)
  • 2020: Finance HQ (Japan)
  • 2018: Internal Audit HQ (Japan)
  • 2014: (ICT:Kameyama) accounting and (BASE:Toyohashi) accounting (Japan)
  • 2011: Internal Audit HQ (Japan)
  • 2006: Nitto Belgium (Belgium)
  • 2003: Corporate Planning HQ (Japan)
  • 1996: Accounting HQ (Japan)

Mr. Jürgen Schneider, non-resident director

Jürgen Schneider has more than 30 years of experience in various technology companies. He started his career after studying chemical engineering at Philips in the field of displays. After a short period in R&D, he moved to the area of manufacturing excellence and coordinated the global coating process improvements. Later, he managed a project for the start-up of a new production facility in the U.S. In 1998, Juergen joined the glass manufacturer SCHOTT AG and managed the production for the display glass division. In 2006, Juergen moved to the Optical Glass Business Unit and in 2007, as VP Global Operations, he took over the division's production network with plants in Germany, Switzerland, the USA and Malaysia. From 2015, Juergen had overall responsibility for the Personal Care Components business unit at Mondi Group, which was sold to Nitto Denko in 2022. Since the acquisition, Juergen has been COO Advanced Films Solutions and additionally took over the position of COO EMEA from April 1, 2023.


  • 2023: COO EMEA, Nitto Denko, Germany
  • 2022: COO Advanced Film Solutions, Nitto Denko, Germany
  • 2015: Managing Director, Personal Care Components Division, Mondi Group, Austria
  • 2007: Vice President Global Operations Optic Division, SCHOTT AG, Germany
  • 2006: General Manager Operations Fiberoptics Europe, SCHOTT AG, Germany
  • 2005: Managing Director Display Glass, LG.Philips Displays, Germany
  • 1998: Plant Manager Display Division, SCHOTT AG, Germany
  • 1989: Various Management positions, Philips Displays, Germany / US

Mr. Daisuke Uno, director

Mr. Daisuke Uno started his career in the Nitto Group in 1998 within the sales department. He was marketing manager for Consumer Electronics, Mobile and Automotive market at Nitto Denko Hong Kong for 8 years after which he returned to Japan to take up several functions with increasing responsibility. In 2022 he moved to Germany to take up the function of Director EMEA Business Sector.


  • 2022: Director EMEA Business Sector, Germany
  • 2015: Manager, Sales & Marketing for Mobile & Device Market, Japan
  • 2013: Deputy Manager, Mobile Double Coated Tape Product Strategy, Japan
  • 2009: Assistant Manager, Mobile Double Coated Tape, SCF Product Strategy, Japan
  • 2001: Marketing Manager, for Consumer Electronics, Mobile, Automotive Market in Nitto Denko Hong Kong, China
  • 1998: Sales & Marketing for Laptop market, Japan


  • 1998: Bachelor of Arts Business Administration of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japa

Mr. Kenjiro Asuma, non-resident director

Mr Asuma started his career in Sales in Japan in 1995. In 1999 he accepted an international assignment in Taiwan working as Sales & Marketing General Manager. He returned to Japan in 2007 and has been active in strategic planning for the Business Sector, management as head of corporate strategic planning, and also as Chief Procurement Officer. In 2021 he received an international assignment in EMEA region and is currently operating a business division and managing an area of business in Europe.


  • 2022: Vice president, Director of Advanced Film Solutions Division & Vice president of Nitto EMEA NV (Belgium)
  • 2021: Vice president, Vice president of Nitto EMEA NV (Belgium)
  • 2020: Vice President, CPO (Chief Procurement Officer) & Director of Corporate Strategy Management Sector (Japan)
  • 2019: Vice President, Director of Corporate Strategy Management Sector (Japan)
  • 2018: Director of Corporate Strategy Management Sector (Japan)
  • 2016: Director of Industrial Materials Division, Base functional materials Sector (Japan)
  • 2014: Director of Strategy Planning Dept, Information Fine Materials Sector (Japan)
  • 2010: General Manager of Strategy Planning Dept, Information Fine Materials Sector (Japan)
  • 2007: Manager of Strategy Planning Dept, Information Fine Materials Sector (Japan)
  • 1999: Sales & Marketing General manager (Taiwan)
  • 1995: Sales of Optical Materials Department (Japan)


  • Bachelor of Economics, Takasaki City University Economics 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

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