Sawada was formerly the representative director, president and CEO at Kao. He joined the company in 1981 and has held a variety of executive leadership positions.
Hasebe was previously representative director, senior managing executive officer of Kao. He joined the company in 1990 and has held several leadership positions. He earned his Ph.D. from Tokyo University of Science.
According to Kao, the reason for the changes was to drive further growth and increase corporate value under new leadership amidst drastic changes in the business environment.