Ikeda served as president of Shiseido from 2001 to 2005. He began his career at Shiseido in 1961. He was named executive vice president of the company in June 2000, becoming president and CEO in June 2001. He became chairman of Shiseido in June 2005, transitioning to a role as senior advisor in June 2006. In addition, he held several public offices, including chairman of the board of trustees and chancellor of Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin, a private girls’ academy in Tokyo that was founded in 1884 by a Canadian missionary.
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