Director (Standing Audit & Supervisory Committee Member)
Director Akio Ariga (Standing Audit & Supervisory Committee Member) joined our company in 1997 from realizing the charms of Don Quixote, which develops stores with a human touch, because his childhood home was an independent retail seller and because he gained experience growing up around Ueno and Asakusa.
After joining the company, he began his career in charge of home appliances, and gained experience as a store manager before experiencing the Product Business in the fourth division of the Shinjuku store (miscellaneous goods, sports equipment, bicycles, stationery, variety, toys, carpentry supplies), the predecessor to what is now the Merchandising Development Headquarters. Later he achieved various assignments, such as opening new stores, creating a new layout for stores, and creating leaflets. In addition, he gained experience in managing business meetings and planning and operating internal events, becoming informed in both sales and indirect business. He went on to serve in many important positions in related companies, such as serving as Director of Japan Commercial Establishment Co., Ltd. (formerly known as PAW Creation Co., Ltd.) in 2004, Auditor & Supervisor of Accretive Co., Ltd. in 2010, Director of REALIT Co., Ltd. in 2016 (later becoming President in 2020), and Director of STORECREWS Co., Ltd. in 2019. He later returned to PPIH, and worked to consolidate group companies and departments as the General Manager of the Affiliated Company Management Division.
His policy is to "always take one step further" and pursue customer psychology (affinity) and amusement (expressions), and has spoken about how "I want to take my own approach to auditing work, which I have not experienced amidst my varied background. I will strive to understand cross-divisional operations within the company."
His favorite excerpt from "The Source" ("Genryu") is Precept 4 of The Six Precepts of Our Management Philosophy: "We are committed to creative destruction and the ability to adapt; we reject pre-established harmony and the hesitancy to do anything that might rock the boat," and Precept 6 "Undistracted by easy profits, we hone to perfection the strengths that form our core business."