Akira Kono is currently a corporate officer at the NYK Line headquarters in Tokyo. He joined NYK Line in 1984 and has since worked in a number of the company's shipping divisions in Tokyo, Osaka, Hamburg, New York, and London. In 2006, he was assigned as manager of NYK's LNG Division, where he was responsible for the company's LNG business in the Atlantic and Pacific markets. In 2009, he became managing director of NYK LNG (Atlantic) Ltd. in London. And in 2012, he was appointed senior general manager of NYK Line, rising to his current position of corporate officer in 2015.