Akira Hoshino


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Akira Hoshino brings over 42 years of experience in international business that includes a successful track record of driving revenue and net profit across enterprises. Throughout his career he excelled at developing other leaders and continues to do so at Merryck.


Under his leadership as CEO and President of Century Medical Inc., he nearly doubled the company’s revenue and increased its net profit by 200%. Prior to serving as CEO and President of Century Medical Inc. Akira served as Senior Vice President of ITOCHU International Inc in New York City where he was responsible for the North American Machinery Business. During his tenure, he expanded the company portfolio and improved the performance of its 13 subsidiaries. He led the organization through a time of significant revenue increase, resulting in a 24-fold net profit increase.


Akira lives in Tokyo with his wife. He has two grown up sons. He is a graduate of the University of Tokyo and the Harvard Executive Business program.

Leadership Moments

The Subtle Art of Staying in Control While Also Delegating Work to Others

“You have to delegate, but you have to really understand what’s going on. Part of it is having the understanding and experience to solve a problem if anything happens.”

In his interview with Merryck’s Adam Bryant, Akira shares insights on one of the many challenging paradoxes of leadership: how to empower people without delegating so much that you’re in the dark. Click here to read more.