Suntory: Leadership & Vision

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In 2014, Suntory acquired Beam for $16 billion, creating the world’s third largest spirits company and opening the door to expand into the U.S. market. It has been eight years since the acquisition, and Beam Suntory will be establishing their global headquarters in New York this year. How did the company navigate the post-merger integration phase? How should business leaders move forward in the face of today’s volatile geopolitical landscape? In this program, Suntory President & CEO Takeshi Niinami discusses Beam Suntory’s journey, leadership in a new post-pandemic era, and his priorities and vision for the future.



Takeshi Niinami, Chief Executive Officer, Suntory Holdings Limited

In conversation with
Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D., President & CEO, Japan Society



5:30 – 6:00 pm – Registration
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Fireside Chat, Q&A
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Reception


Program Details

This is a paid event with advance registration required.

Free admission for corporate members (up to a designated number of tickets), with advance registration required. A corporate member code is required to register for the event. If you don’t know your corporate member code, please contact [email protected].

Please note that seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.



Non-members: $20
Japan Society Corporate Members: Free, up to designated number of tickets; additional tickets $15
Japan Society Individual Members: $15
Academic and government: $15


About the Speakers

Tak Niinami is the Chief Executive Officer of Suntory Holdings, one of the world’s leading consumer products companies with operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Tak joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 1981.  After Mitsubishi Corporation and prior to joining to Suntory in 2014, Tak served as CEO of Lawson, Inc., which he grew into one of Asia’s major convenience store operators, posting profit growth for 12 consecutive years and quadrupling its market capitalization during his tenure.

Outside of Suntory, Tak has served on the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister since 2014 and is Vice Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. Tak is also Asia Pacific Chairman of the Trilateral Commission, Vice Chair of the Asia Business Council and the U.S.-Japan Council, and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Business Council in the US.

Tak received his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Joshua W. Walker, Ph.D., is President and CEO of Japan Society. He has held leadership positions at Eurasia Group, the USA Pavilion of the 2017 World Expo, the APCO Institute, and APCO Worldwide, previously serving in the State Department and the Defense Department. He is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Presidential Leadership Scholar, David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, Munich Security Conference Young Leader and Nakasone Yasuhiro Award Winner. He was previously a Professor of Leadership and the American Presidency at George Mason University and the Reagan Foundation, Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and co-founder of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a doctorate from Princeton University.

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