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Release: March 27, 2002

Change in Representative Directors

At a meeting of the board of directors of NGK Insulators, Ltd. held on March 27, 2002, the following change in representative directors was resolved:

1. Description of the change

Masaharu Shibata Chairman of the Board
(Currently President)
Shun Matsushita President
(Currently Executive Managing Director)
Toshihito Kohara Executive Corporate Advisor
(Currently Chairman of the Board)

2. Reason for change

For continuing business expansion, aim to renew the eight-year-long present organization structure for rejuvenation

3. Profile

New Chairman of the Board

Name: Masaharu Shibata
Date of birth: February 21, 1937
Place of birth: Aichi Prefecture
Education: March 1959 Graduated from the School of Law, Nagoya University
Employment history: April 1959 Joined NGK Insulators, Ltd.
June 1983 Director
June 1987 Managing Director
June 1991 Executive Managing Director
June 1994 President
June 2002 Chairman of the Board (planned)

New President

Name: Shun Matsushita
Date of birth: November 7, 1946
Place of birth: Mie Prefecture
Education: March 1969 Graduated from the School of Economics, Nagoya University
Employment history: March 1969 Joined NGK Insulators, Ltd.
June 1997 Director
June 1999 Managing Director
June 2001 Executive Managing Director
June 2002 President (planned)

4. Date for appointment

New directors will be appointed at a meeting of the board of directors to be held following the annual shareholders' meeting scheduled for the end of June 2002.

Incoming President Shun Matsushita, Executive Managing Directer

Incoming President Shun Matsushita, Executive Managing Directer


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