Mr. Hirao has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cellular since June 1, 2015. He previously served as business development manager of FUJIFILM’s pharmaceutical division from 2013 to 2015, where he had responsibility for the M&A transactions and licensing activities in the global markets. At FUJIFILM headquarters, he held international leadership and management roles for global business operations, including the non-destructive test business director of the industrial products division from 2010 to 2013 and senior operations manager for business development and global governance of the electronic materials division (semiconductor material business) from 2005 to 2010. Between 1998 and 2005 he held various project management roles at the corporate planning division in connection with FUJIFILM Second Foundation.
Mr. Hirao earned his B.A. from the Keio University in Tokyo and his M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed the University of Tokyo Executive Management Program in 2012.
From January 2012 to May 2015, Mr. Hirao was the secretary general of the Japan Netherlands Society, established in 1912, which contributes to the mutual understanding of the cultures between Japan and the Netherlands in cooperation with the Netherlands Embassy in Japan. In 2016 and 2017 he will serve as a board member of BioForward, a Wisconsin state chapter of the national Biotechnology Industry Organization.