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Asahi Group Holdings Chairman and CEO Naoki Izumiya speaks at the Nikkei Global Management Forum in Tokyo on Nov. 8. (Photo by Maho Obata)

Asahi Group CEO envisions 'fully unmanned' brewing

Naoki Izumiya's keys to growth: top-down innovation, smart global deals

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Full automation is one key to surviving the age of disruption, Naoki Izumiya, the chairman and chief executive of Japanese brewing conglomerate Asahi Group Holdings, said in Tokyo on Wednesday. 

Speaking at the two-day Nikkei Global Management Forum, Izumiya stressed that a stubborn adherence to traditional management strategies can lead companies to self-destruction. During a session on "M&A strategy and corporate governance in a shifting world," he highlighted three areas to focus on: innovation, global strategies, and leadership that makes the first two possible.

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