On retirement from the Foreign Service, Sir Stephen took on a new challenge by joining the Hitachi Group in October 2004. After starting as Chief Executive for Europe, he became the first non-Japanese Executive Officer at Hitachi, Ltd. in two years before being appointed Group Chairman for Europe in April 2011. Making the most of his networks and negotiating skills, cultivated through 34 years in diplomacy, Sir Stephen has been actively involved in strengthening Hitachi’s global business operations, especially in the UK, where he has played an important role in Hitachi’s recent involvement in the railway infrastructure and nuclear power sectors.
Ambassador Hayashi concluded his remarks by thanking Sir Stephen for his sterling contribution to UK-Japan relations throughout this career - "In light of his outstanding service, it now gives me great pleasure to present Sir Stephen Gomersall with this very well-deserved Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. I am sure not only all of you here but also many in Japan and the UK will join me in this celebration."