Akio Mimura is the Senior Advisor, Honorary Chairman of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation which was integrated by Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal. In his more than 40 years at Nippon steel, most of his career has been related to marketing strategy and sales for the manufacturing sector such as: automobile, construction, shipbuilding, home electric appliances and industrial machines. He became Representative Director and President of Nippon Steel in 2003, Representative Director and Chairman of the Company in 2008, and was named Director, Member of the Board and Senior Advisor of NSSMC on October 1, 2012. He is Senior Advisor, from June, 2013. He was Chairman of the World Steel Association (formerly IISI) from 2004 to 2005, and Vice Chairman of Japan Business Federation from 2005 to 2009.

Mr. Mimura is also an external director of Development Bank of Japan Inc., Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, public-private partnership fund, Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc., and Japan Post Holdings.

In addition to his career in business, Mr. Mimura is currently the Chairman of two councils for the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Also, he was appointed as a member of the National Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy in 2008-2009. He is the Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, from November, 2013. Mr. Mimura is a graduate of Tokyo University in Economics and Harvard Business School. Australian National University, Honorary Doctorate in Science, 2012. Honorary Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia, 2012.