Rakuten CEO Joins Lyft Board of Directors

Today, we’re honored to share that Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten, has joined Lyft’s Board of Directors following their Series E investment.

As a member of the board, Mickey will be Lyft’s champion as we continue to deepen Lyft’s presence in the U.S. and explore new opportunities for expansion.

Mickey is widely known as one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, responsible for leading Rakuten’s growth and transforming the company into a global force in e-commerce and Internet services. As an advocate for the sharing economy, Mickey believes that solutions like Lyft will reduce traffic congestion by filling the empty seats on our roads and making it easier for urban residents to live car-free.

Passion and empowerment are core to Rakuten’s values, and we admire that Mickey has managed to firmly maintain those values as the company has grown into a global leader. Empowering individuals to follow their passions is core to the Lyft platform, and we’re thrilled to have Mickey’s support in that vision as we continue working hard to make Lyft the best possible experience for both drivers and passengers.

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