CENIBRA HAS A NEW CEO
KAZUHIKO KAMADA TAKES OVER HIS NEW POSITION
Starting today, CENIBRA has a new Chief Executive Officer, Kazuhiko Kamada, who takes over the position of CENIBRA’s CEO in place of Naohiro Doi, who has retired. Kamada arrives with the challenge of keeping the Company on the road to sustainable development and further enriching the history of the company and the communities in which it operates.
Kazuhiko Kamada is married, 59 years old, and had held a position as Executive Director, CEO of the Forest Resources and Environment Company, and Director of Oji Holdings Corporation since June 2015. Previously, he worked for PT Musi Hutan Persada and Marubeni Corporation. Along with its subsidiaries, Oji Holdings Corporation is a major player in the pulp and paper industry both in Japan and abroad. It operates in four segments: Household and Industrial Materials, Functional Materials, Forest Resources and Environmental Marketing, and Printing and Communication Media. Oji Holdings is the majority shareholder of CENIBRA through the JBP group.
Founded on September 13, 1973 in eastern Minas Gerais, CENIBRA is the outcome of the entrepreneurial spirit of Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), currently Vale, and Japan Brazil Paper and Pulp Resources Development Co., Ltd. (JBP), which had a dream of building a large forest-based company by transferring technology from Japan to Brazil. In 2001, JBP took over a controlling interest in CENIBRA. JBP is a group of Japanese companies with vast experience in the relationship with Brazil.
CENIBRA is one of the world’s largest producers of bleached short-fiber eucalyptus pulp, with an annual output of roughly 1.2 million tons. Of this tonnage, in excess of 97% is shipped to foreign markets, Japan, the United States, and a number of countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. The Company operates in 54 municipalities in the state of Minas Gerais, generating more than 4,800 jobs. In addition to paying taxes, CENIBRA is engaged in several programs aiming at enhancing the neighboring populations’ quality of life, including more than 50 projects in the fields of education, environment, social assistance, digital inclusion, income generation, the rescue of cultural heritage, recreation, and citizenship.
Arigatô Doi San
Naohiro Doi was CEO of CENIBRA since 2016, having also worked in the Company from 1978 to 1985 as an advisor to the controller’s board. He is married to Mrs. Mariko and their two daughters were born in Belo Horizonte. He came back to Brazil in January 2000 to take over a position as controller Director. In 2001, he played an effective part in the process of acquisition of CENIBRA by JBP and became Financial and Administrative Director. The first Japanese and Director to work at the Company for more than ten years throughout CENIBRA’s history (a landmark reached in 2010), Naohiro Doi became Executive Vice-President in 2012, with overall responsibility for the entire industrial operation and forestry activities. At the same time, he also continued to hold the position of Financial and Administrative Director on a temporary basis.