Takayuki Matsubara to come onboard as CEO of KBC

KBC (A Yokogawa Company) has announced the appointment of Mr. Takayuki Matsubara as its new Chief Executive Officer and member of the KBC board of directors effective January 1, 2024.

Matsubara assumes the role previously held by Mr. Shigeyoshi Uehara, who has returned to Yokogawa Electric Corporation after concluding his tenure at KBC on December 31, 2023.

With more than three decades in the process automation industry, Matsubara’s track record includes driving growth and innovation across industries such as energy, petrochemicals, materials, pharmaceuticals, and water.

“We are delighted to welcome Matsubara as our new CEO. With his extensive business experience and proven leadership, he’s the perfect fit to expand KBC in a rapidly evolving solutions market,” said Dr. Yu Dai, chairman. “Under his guidance, we expect to make significant progress in helping facilities in process manufacturing industries, such as oil and gas refineries, and petrochemical plants, cut greenhouse gas emissions while optimizing their processes. Through innovative technology and sustainable business practices, our goal is to bring decarbonization to life.”

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead KBC. In a world of constantly changing demands and environmental challenges, it is crucial for us to adapt and prepare ourselves for a stronger, more sustainable future,” said Matsubara. “I look forward to working closely with the KBC Board, the entire leadership team, staff, and customers as we collectively build on our foundation to lead KBC into its next chapter of growth and impact.”

Previously, Matsubara has held numerous key leadership roles, with previous positions including executive vice president at KBC and total solution business development at both KBC and Yokogawa. Most recently, he served as president at Yokogawa Europe B.V., where he spearheaded development of the company’s long-term strategy and digital capabilities.