NJPW announced today that President and CEO Harold Meij will be departing the company next month.
In their statement announcing the news, it was revealed that Takami Ohbari, who is the current CEO of NJPW of America, will become new president/CEO of NJPW on October 23.
NJPW’s full statement is available below:
At a meeting of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s parent company Bushiroad’s board of directors today September 29, 2020, a change was announced in NJPW’s directorship. This change will take effect at the beginning of NJPW’s 50th year of trading on October 23rd.
New NJPW President/CEO (as of October 23)
Takami Ohbari (current NJPW of America CEO)
Meij wrote a blog on NJPW’s Japanese website about his experiences with the company both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also apologized for announcing his resignation during the ongoing G1 Climax 30 event.
Meij was appointed president of NJPW in May of 2018. Prior to his appointment, he served as senior vice president of Coca-Cola Japan and had also been COO of toy company Tomy.