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Hirofumi (Hiro) Otsuka
Chief Executive Officer, SMBC Americas Division and President and Chief Executive Officer of SMBC Americas Holdings, Inc.
Hirofumi (Hiro) Otsuka is Senior Managing Executive Officer, CEO of SMBC Americas Division, and President and CEO of SMBC Americas Holdings, Inc. He was appointed Senior Managing Executive Officer on April 1, 2023, and CEO of SMBC Americas Division and President and CEO of SMBC Americas Holdings, Inc. on April 1, 2022.
Prior to his current assignment, Hiro was Managing Executive Officer and General Manager, Planning Department Global Banking Unit, SMBC, and General Manager, Planning Department Global Business Unit for SMFG from April 2020 to April 2022 and oversaw groupwide global business development outside Japan. He held these same roles from April 2019 to April 2020 as well as his appointment as Executive Officer and General Manager of the Asia Business Strategic Planning Department. During this time, Hiro oversaw mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions in key Asian markets, such as Indonesia, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
In April 2018, Hiro was appointed Executive Officer and General Manager of SMFG and SMBC’s Asia Growing Markets Division International Business Unit and the Business Development Department in Singapore and Tokyo.
Hiro has extensive experience in structured and project finance covering real estate, public-private partnerships, leasing, energy and natural resources and emerging markets. He has spent more than a decade of his career in the Americas Division, during which he established the Houston Office in 2006, built the project finance and Latin America businesses in 2007, and held key senior management positions, including as Chief Representative of the Houston Office, Executive Vice President of SMBC Leasing & Finance, and Managing Director and Co-Head of the Specialized Finance Department. In recent years, his focus has been on business planning and strategies for the entire organization.
Hiro joined SMBC’s predecessor bank, the former Sumitomo Bank, in 1990, as a Marketing Officer in the Hibiya Branch Office in Tokyo. Earlier in his career, he had assignments in HR, Corporate Research, and the Real Estate Department.
Hiro earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree with a focus on civil engineering from The University of Tokyo.