Who: Kazue Kikawada email@example.com
Organization: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Has Held Title For: 18 months
Previous Title: Senior Staff Manager
Degree: BA in law, Waseda University
After spending most of his quarter-century career at Tokyo-based Fuji Xerox Co. as a manager, Kazue Kikawada busted out of the executive suite and took to the open range as the company's lone "Free-lance Bandit." Too many spaghetti Westerns? A Robin Hood complex? A midlife crisis? No, Kikawada simply realized that the best way to shake up the organization was from the outside. So he traded in his management duties for a broad mandate "to make new things happen at Fuji Xerox," he says.
Why did you resort to banditry?
I didn't like being a manager. I'm more interested in nurturing people.
That doesn't sound very criminal.
I became a bandit so I could act as a catalyst for change outside the organization. I'm an outlaw from the traditional hierarchy.
Robbed any stagecoaches lately?
No, but I did take $1 million from Fuji Xerox and Xerox Corp. to establish the Xerox Distinguished Professorship in Knowledge at the Haas School of Business.
Do you wear a mask?
I dress strictly MIB (Men in Black) when I'm abroad: black jeans, black T-shirt.
A version of this article appeared in the June/July 1998 issue of Fast Company magazine.