The former head of the company Gatō.

The Gatō Company (ガトーカンパニー, Gatō Kanpanī, English TV: Gato Transport) is the shipping company formerly operated by Gatō, using his import/export as a front to make his fortune as a smuggler of illegal goods and selling drugs. Gatō had become the richest man in the world as a result, and went to great lengths to protect his interests through blackmail and murder. The majority of his subordinates are thugs and mercenaries, including his bodyguards Zōri and Waraji, who did Gatō's bidding to entire Land of Waves remained under his control by crushing any resistance.

Gato's thugs

The thugs hired by Gatō on behalf of the Company.

When Tazuna begins building a bridge to free the Land of Waves from his influence, Gatō hired Zabuza Momochi to kill Tazuna. However, the president also intended to have a group of hired thugs to kill off Zabuza when he is weakened in his fight against Tazuna's bodyguards, Team 7, in order to save expenses. Gatō underestimated Zabuza's remaining strength and met his end at Zabuza's blade. The remaining thugs intended to loot the Land of Waves as compensation of losing their employer (and salary) but were driven back when the citizens stand up to them. The Company fall back soon after with Zōri and Waraji rendered jobless as they made a final attempt at revenge before being driven out of the Land of Waves.