Danny McCance 1 Mar 2019 11:12am

EY Japan appoints first female chairman

The Big Four firm has appointed Masami Katakura as chairman of the board of its Japanese audit practice, the first woman to hold such a position

According to the firm, Katakura will be the first female president of any “major mid-sized audit corporation” in Japan.

She has a wealth of experience, having previously joined Ota Showa Audit Corporation (now part of EY Japan) and becoming a senior partner at EY ShinNihon Audit Corporation in 2011.

The Tokyo-based firm has 17 offices in Japan, 42 international offices, 564 partners and 4,835 staff members and is part of the EY global network in Japan.

Katakura will take on the role from 1 July subject to the position being finalised in a general meeting, scheduled 28 March.

Outgoing chairman Koichi Tsuji will go on to lead the parent company EY Japan, according to Nikkei Asia Review.

In August last year, EY ShinNihon was given a clean bill of health by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board amid a string of other EY firms falling foul of the regulator.