Mitsuru "Claire" Chino is Managing Executive Officer of ITOCHU Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in Japan, and she is President & CEO of ITOCHU International Inc., a subsidiary of Itochu in New York, overseeing North America. Before assuming her position in New York, she was General Counsel of Itochu, and prior to that, a partner with an international law firm.
In 2013, she became the first female executive officer of any major trading company in Japan. Claire has received several recognitions, including from the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leader), Asia Society (Asia 21), the U.S. Japan Foundation (USJLP Fellow), and is a Smith Medalist. She has also been recognized in the legal community as a “Top 25 In-House Counsel in Asia” (Asia Legal Business), “Asia Pacific’s Innovative Lawyer” (Financial Times), and “FT Global General Counsel 30 (Financial Times), and has received a “Transformative Leader” award (Inside Counsel). The California Lawyers Association recognized her as the 8th Annual Warren M. Christopher International Lawyer of the Year in 2018.