Japan's SoftBank appoints CTO Miyakawa as CEO

Japan's SoftBank appoints CTO Miyakawa as CEO

FILE PHOTO: SoftBank Corp Representative Director and CTO Junichi Miyakawa speaks during their joint news conference with Toyota Motor Corp Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama (not pictured) in Tokyo, Japan October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan’s third-largest telco SoftBank Corp said on Tuesday that Chief Technology Officer Junichi Miyakawa would become its chief executive effective April 1.

The son of a buddhist priest, Miyakawa is a technical whizz driving projects including the wireless carrier’s 5G build-out. He replaces Ken Miyauchi, a key lieutenant of SoftBank Group Corp CEO Masayoshi Son who took up the post in 2015.

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