We’re delighted to welcome Sir Stephen Gomersall to Scotland on the 7th of February.
Sir Stephen Gomersall will present ‘UK-Japan: Globalisation and the Experience of Partnership’.
He is the Director, and Group Chairman for Europe, Hitachi, ltd.
The Group Chairman for Europe is the senior representative for all of the Hitachi Group’s businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He and his office, based in the UK, are responsible for Group Strategy and Business Development. Hitachi is a major engineering and information technology conglomerate specialized in social infrastructure, with a global annual turnover of approximately $100 billion.
After joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1970, his first foreign assignment was to Japan from 1972-77. He served there again from 1986-90, and as Ambassador from 1999-2004. He also served as a political officer in Washington from 1982-6, and as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1994-98.
Sir Stephen’s main roles as Ambassador in Japan were the promotion of trade and investment between UK and Japan, and the development of UK-Japan cooperation in international politics and security. He played a role in the settlement of a number of regulatory issues with Japan affecting British companies and financial institutions.
Sir Stephen took up the post of Hitachi’s Chief Executive for Europe in October 2004 before being appointed Group Chairman for Europe in April 2011. In June 2011 he became concurrently a member of the Board of Directors of Hitachi, Ltd.