Kenji Kitatani, a 1977 alumnus, is the Lester Smith Distinguished Professor of Media Management at the School of Communication, a trustee of the WSU Foundation and a senior advisor to the Sports and Entertainment Academy for the Graduate School of Business at Indiana University. He also lectures on media law and management at WSU and Indiana University.

He has served on the Board of Directors of Tokyo Dome Corporation, Japan’s leading leisure and entertainment conglomerate, and has worked for the Tokyo Broadcasting System as counsel on international affairs and president of the Media Research Institute.

Kitatani joined Sony Corporation in October 1999 as an executive strategist, Media Content, Broadcasting, and Communications and was later appointed executive vice president, Business Planning, Sony Corporation of America.

He currently serves as a board director of PIA Corp. He joined Oak Lawn Marketing in April 2006 as their executive advisor. Oak Lawn Marketing is the largest television shopping (DRTV) company in Japan.