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Satoshi Kuroda

General Manager, Abrasives Division for Developed Asia (Japan, Korea and Taiwan), Saint Gobain
French and Japanese citizen

MBA, IMD, Switzerland
MSc in Plasma Physics, University of Orsay, France
BSc in Plasma Physics, EPFL, Switzerland

With “a French software in a Japanese hardware”, Satoshi has a natural inclination for multi-cultural assignments. His career, in service as well as in manufacturing industries, brought him to various regions - from Europe, West Africa, then South-East Asia and now to Japan. Through these assignments, Satoshi acquired a sensibility in working with people of different backgrounds and cultures.

He likes changes and defines himself as a corporate entrepreneur. “When implementing change, it is key to understand what motivates and drives people”. Mastering the soft skills required to do so is what he says makes business interesting.

While working with Societe Generale de Surveillance (SGS), a Swiss based- company, Satoshi managed various projects and teams in Kenya, Tanzania, Japan and The Philippines. He is now based in Japan, responsible for the Abrasives Division of Saint Gobain for Developed Asia.


He discusses today about his experience in general, as well as the challenges and rewards of managing a French business in Japan.
Global Japan
FEB 17, 2014

Inside Japan 20: Satoshi Kuroda

Dr. Adam Kassab, Professor of GLOBIS University in Tokyo, invites a variety of guests from around the world to discuss people, culture and business from an “Inside Japan” perspective. The twentieth guest is Mr. Satoshi Kuroda, General Manager Japan, Korea, Taiwan/General manager Super Abrasives Asia, Abrasives Division, SAINT-GOBAIN K.K.