Chubu Electric Power Group Report 2021(Integrated Report)

The role of the board of directors in supporting the transformation of the Chubu Electric Power Group’s business modelDialogue between the Chairman of the Board of Directors and an External DirectorFY2020 was a year that saw the Chubu Electric Power Group make signicant strides in transforming its governance structure, which included spinning off businesses. Under this new operating structure, the Group is working to reform its business model for the purpose of realizing its management vision. Katsuno Satoru, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Kurihara Mitsue, Director (external), discussed the role of the Board of Directors in supporting this transformation.Katsuno Satoru, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Kurihara Mitsue, Director (external)Katsuno: The social structure is being dramatically reshaped by accelerating initiatives toward digital transformation (DX) and decarbonization as well as by the permeation of new lifestyles such as new ways of living and work styles accompanying the spread of COVID-19. Under such circumstances, the Chubu Electric Power Group has expressed its intention to contribute to the realization of a “safe, secure, and resilient society” by providing a Community Support Infrastructure that delivers a package of resilient and optimal energy services and data services that enhance convenience and enrich lives. To respond accurately to changes in the business environment, achieve sustainable growth for the entire Group, and improve corporate value, Chubu Electric Power implements a governance system under which it has reduced the number of directors from 12 at the end of FY2019 to nine directors in June 2020, three of whom are external directors. In doing so, we increased the ratio of external directors to one-third. It has been one year since Ms. Kurihara assumed the duties of director in 2020. I would like to ask you your frank opinions regarding the Chubu Electric Power Group’s governance system.Kurihara: One year has already passed since I became a director of Chubu Electric Power. Including external directors and external corporate auditors, I truly feel we possess a diversity of experiences, knowledge, and expertise that allows us to undertake multidimensional discussions. Katsuno Satoru, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Hayashi Kingo, Company president who serves as top executive, show deep respect for the comments of each member of the Board of Directors and this makes it easier for us to exchange various opinions and engage in constructive discussions. A common feature of all members of the Board of Directors is a shared sense of crisis about the future, or more specically, that the Group must evolve and create new value in step with the dramatic changes unfolding in the business environment. I believe it is highly commendable that the Board of Directors exchanges opinions from a diversity of perspectives utilizing the specialized knowledge of each member.Katsuno: Thank you for your favorable assessment. I am fortunate to be able to receive numerous diverse opinions from board members after they have very enthusiastically examined future changes in the business environment utilizing their respective standpoints and experience. This makes discussions at the Board of Directors so lively that sometimes it is hard for me to keep time at the meetings as chairperson. On a different front, what are your thoughts on the Group’s governance issues?Kurihara: While pursuing optimum solutions in each business area by separating power generation, power Toward further improvements in governanceGovernanceKatsuno Satoru Chairman of the Board of DirectorsTop CommitmentValue CreationClimate ChangeBusiness ActivitiesHuman ResourcesFinancial / Corporate DataStrategy51Chubu Electric Power Group Report 2021Governance

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