Kaoru Umehara, began his career in Mitsui & Co., Ltd. in 1991 shortly after graduating from Keio University (Faculty of Law). Throughout his career at Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Mr. Umehara has held a number of management level posts across a variety of sectors including Minerals, Metals and Energy.
Mr. Umehara was General Manager of Mitsui & Co Europe PLC in London in 2004, leading the Energy Department and continued in as a General Manager in 2009 by for the Advanced Material Department, leading the New Metals Division & Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit.
In 2011, Mr. Umehara moved into the Global Gas Trading Department at Mitsui, as General Manager of LNG Projects and then in 2012 as a General Manager in the Natural Gas Development Department. In 2014, Mr. Umehara moved into the Strategic Planning Department as a General Manager leading Energy Business for the Company. From 2016-2018, Mr. Umehara led the Business Innovation Department of the Corporate Planning & Strategy Division as a General Manager. Today, Mr. Umehara is General Manager of the Energy & Innovation Division.