The World Gold Council appoints Takahiro Morita to lead its activities in Japan

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The World Gold Council, the market development organisation for the gold industry, has appointed Takahiro Morita as Regional Director for Japan with immediate effect.
Takahiro joined the World Gold Council in September 2010 and has over 25 years of experience in financial markets, most recently with Moody's Investors Service in Japan as Managing Director & Head of its Corporate Rating Group.

Prior to his role at Moody's, Takahiro worked for The National Bank of Chicago in Chicago & Tokyo as Relationship Manager, covering Japanese corporations and financial institutions. He has an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and is author of several books on financial analysis and credit rating.

Takahiro will report directly to Albert Cheng, Managing Director, Far East, at the World Gold Council, and will be based in Tokyo.

Albert Cheng, Managing Director, Far East, at the World Gold Council, said:
“Takahiro brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role and will be integral to developing our activities in Japan and informing the organisation’s strategy across the wider region.”

Takahiro is replacing Jeff Toshima, who has been at the World Gold Council since 1985 and is retiring after a long and distinguished career.
Albert Cheng added: “Jeff played a significant part in the development of the World Gold Council and we wish him all the best in retirement.”

For further information please contact:
Stephanie Mackrell
World Gold Council
T +44 20 7826 4763
E Stephanie.mackrell@gold.org

Quintin Keanie
Capital MSL
T+44 20 7255 5154
E Quintin.Keanie@capitalmsl.com