Seita Kanai joined Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd. (presently Mazda Motor Corporation), in 1974 after graduating from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He worked exclusively in research and development (R&D) and was the program manager of the first-generation Mazda6 (known as Mazda Atenza in Japan) released in 2002. Promoted to managing executive officer in charge of vehicle development and technical affairs in 2004 and the director and senior managing executive officer in charge of R&D in 2006, he led the development of Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technology, which was launched in 2010. In 2011, he became representative director and executive vice president and in 2013, representative director and vice chairman of the board. From 2014 through 2018, Mr. Kanai served as representative director and chairman of the board and continues to serve the company in an advisory capacity.