Maoko Kikuchi

Job Title Member of Board of Audit & Supervisory,
Country Japan
Current Employer Mitsui-Soko Holdings Co., Ltd.

Maoko Kikuchi

Member of Board of Audit & Supervisory,


菊地 麻緒子





Maoko Kikuchi is a member of the Audit & Supervisory Board (Kansayaku-kai) of MITSUI-SOKO HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. (“MSHC”), a Japanese logistics company established in 1909 and listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.




In Japan, more than 90 % of listed companies have adopted a two board system (i.e., the Board of Directors plus the Audit & Supervisory Board), which has been uniquely developed under Japanese corporate law, where Kansayaku-kai plays a significant role in the overall scheme of corporate governance. Under the two board system, each member of Kansayaku-kai (Kansayaku) has independent responsibility and authority to audit and supervise the activities of management. As a member of Kansayaku-kai of MSHC, in cooperation with other members, Maoko is vigorously performing the responsibility to monitor and ensure the legality and adequacy of the management of the company, inter alia, by attending various important corporate meetings including Board meetings, interviewing directors, key employees and officers, and conducting on-site inspection of offices and subsidiaries both in Japan and overseas.




Maoko is qualified to practice as a lawyer both in Japan and New York State, U.S., and before joining MSHC in 2016, worked with several organizations in both government and private sectors in Japan and U.S. in such capacity. In the government sectors, she worked with the Ministry of Justice, as a public prosecutor, and with the Fair Trade Commission of Japan as an investigating officer. In private sectors, she worked with Nagashima Ohono & Tsunematsu at Tokyo, and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP at Los Angeles as a practicing lawyer, and worked with Softbank Mobile Co., Ltd., a Japanese telecommunication company, as a Chief Compliance Officer in charge of overseeing all legal compliance and corporate governance matters, and also worked with Microsoft Japan, a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, as its general counsel in Japan. Throughout her entire career, she has been encountering and intently working on a variety of issues regarding corporate governance, people, diversity, engagement and inclusion.


菊地氏は、日本および米国ニューヨーク州の両方において弁護士の資格を有しており、2016年に三井倉庫ホールディングスの常勤社外監査役に選任される以前は、かかる資格を活かし、政府部門及び民間部門の複数の組織で勤務してきた。政府部門では、法務省において検察官として、また公正取引委員会において審査官として務めた。民間部門では、東京の長島・大野・常松法律事務所、ロサンゼルスのPaul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLPで弁護士として勤務。さらに、通信業大手のソフトバンクモバイル株式会社において法令遵守およびコーポレートガバナンスを担当するチーフ・コンプライアンス・オフィサー(COO)を務め、またMicrosoft Corporationの日本法人である日本マイクロソフト株式会社では、日本における法務担当の執行役を務めた。キャリア全体を通じて、コーポレートガバナンス、人財、多様性の受容と活用に関する様々な問題と向き合い、改革に向けて日々取り組んでいる。


She obtained her LLB law degree from Sophia University, LLM from New York University School of Law, and MBA from Globis University Graduate School of Management.