Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Representative Director, Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI); President & CEO, MHI Energy Systems
Dr. Hitoshi Kaguchi was elected Representative Director of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) in June 2021, where he serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Since April 2021, Dr. Kaguchi also leads MHI’s global Energy Systems business, which includes highly efficient power generation technologies and innovative solutions that drive the energy transition forward, as President & CEO. Prior to his corporate roles, Dr. Kaguchi focused on nuclear plant design for over 30 years, serving as Director of the Nuclear Plant Component Designing Department from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, he was project director for a replacement steam generator project to Mitsubishi Nuclear Systems, Inc. in the United States. Before his director post, he was the section manager and deputy department manager in charge of reactor vessel, main coolant piping, and steam generator design (2002 - 2008). Dr. Kaguchi joined MHI in 1984, and started his career as a reactor vessel designer in the advanced nuclear plant design unit, developing the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) for 17 years. He has also worked on vacuum vessel design for fusion reactors in Japan with an emphasis in structural analysis and integrity assessment of nuclear components. Dr. Kaguchi earned a Bachelor’s degree (1982) and Master’s degree (1984) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan. From 1991 to 1994, he attended the University of London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering.