Executive and Advisor Introduction
Directors and Executive Officers
President and CEO
Tange was born in 1974 in Hiroshima Prefecture. After graduating from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Science at the Kyoto University Graduate School, he joined Incs Inc. (now SOLIZE Corporation) in 2000. Over a five-year period, he built a consulting department that started out with only three members into a 140-strong department generating ¥5 billion in annual revenue. In September 2005, after becoming manager of the consulting department he established SHIFT, Inc., becoming president and representative director. In November 2014, the company was listed on the Mothers Market of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and in October 2019, it changed the market to the First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is pushing the company ambitiously forward.
Director and Vice President
A graduate of Meiji University’s School of Political Science and Economics, Mr. Sasaki joined Lead Electric Co., Ltd. (now KEYENCE CORPORATION) in 1982. Following appointments as general manager of the KS Division in 1992 and director and general manager of the APSULT Division in 1999, he became the company’s president and CEO in 2000. While in that position, he succeeded in expanding the company’s domestic and overseas business.After two years of supervision on SHIFT as Independent Outside Director, from November, 2018, Sasaki joined SHIFT as director and vice president in November, 2020.
Director and CFO
After his graduation from Faculty of Law, Kansai University, Hattori joined NTT Communications Corporation (split off and renamed from NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION, after his join) as a system engineer. He also gained wide variety of experiences such as launching international call business, developing international business, forming investment strategy and business management. After leading M&A project of Indeed, he transferred to Indeed and was appointed as Vice President, Senior Vice President and CFO subsequently. He joined SHIFT as an Executive Officer and CFO in July 2021 and is appointed as Director and CFO from November 2021.
In 2003, Kobayashi graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering of the Tokyo Institute of Technology School of Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined Incs Inc., where he was involved with the development of a design standardization system, as well as design process improvements for ultraprecise electronics, precision auto parts, and precision optical devices before joining SHIFT. After handling business process improvements in the Quality Assurance Department, he was instrumental in launching the software testing business. As general manager, he has been in charge of a variety of administrative projects. Since 2014, he has served as representative of Group companies, including subsidiaries. As a director of SHIFT, he now oversees the overall business.
Independent Outside Director
Acquired extensive experiences at Goldman Sachs in corporate actions and transformation of global companies as an expert in M&A, investment, financing, and investor relations. After retirement from Goldman Sachs, Mr. Murakami founded Signifiant Inc., and multiple funds, and operates a growth capital. Currently, he is involved in the management of rapidly growing technology companies as an investor, a director, an advisor or others to accelerate their growth. Representative Director of Signifiant Inc., Outside Director of bellFace Inc.
Independent Outside Director
After engaged in management of Shinkin Development Co., Ltd.(currently renamed as APA Co., Ltd.) as Director, Ms. Motoya was appointed as President and Director of APA Hotels Co., Ltd. in 1994. Introducing membership and online reservation systems, she has grown the company to a nationwide chained-brand hotel. Currently, she serves as Director of 11 companies in Apa Group, a visiting professor at the Tokyo International University, and an advisor of Japan-Korea Culture Association.
Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member
CPA and Tax Accountant holder. After working at Tatsumi Shoji Co., Ltd. and Sunko Techno Co., Ltd., he worked at audit firms and audited a wide range of industries, including the IT-related industry, the manufacturing industry, and the construction industry for more than 15 years. He has a high level of expertise in supporting IPO and the establishment of internal controls. Appointed as Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisor Committee Member from November 2021.
Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisory Committee Member
Following his graduation from Doshisha University’s Faculty of Law, Mr. Chishiki joined Kanebo Ltd. (now Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.), where he was involved in sales, marketing, and management planning. He took part in the launch of the cosmetics brand LISSAGE and was appointed president of LISSAGE Ltd. when it became a subsidiary. Supported by the Industrial Revitalization Corporation of Japan, he was appointed president of Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. in 2004. After that, he became president of TAKE AND GIVE NEEDS Co., Ltd., which is involved in the wedding business, and was named president of Nihon Kotsu Co., Ltd. in 2015.
Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisory Committee Member
A graduate of Waseda University’s School of Law, Mr. Nakagaki has been involved in investments in venture firms for around 20 years, many of which have gone on to be listed on the stock market. Following a position as general manager of Investment at Japan Asia Investment Co., Ltd., he established and continues to run Draper Nexus, a network fund of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He invests in venture companies in Japan and Silicon Valley.
Senior Executive Officer and Director of Human Resources Division
Sugahara is a graduate of Keio Universityʼs Graduate School of Science and Technology. He joined Incs Inc. upon graduation, where he was involved in manufacturing before joining SHIFT in 2008. As the quality assurance project was gaining momentum, he gained experience as a structuring consultant for a QA team at a major online production company. Given his general experience with new business launches, he was put in charge of the Business Transformation Division, as well as overall human resources management of SHIFT Group.
Senior Executive Officer, Director of Digital Business Department
A Kyoto University graduate, in 1985 Mr. Hosoda joined Nomura Computer Systems Co., Ltd. (now Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), where he handled a wide range of IT system planning and operations for enterprise customers. Thereafter, he became deputy general manager of the IT Infrastructure Strategy Department at Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., and was later appointed executive director. After a stint at Samsung Securities Co., Ltd., he joined SBI Securities Co., Ltd. in 2014. There, he held positions as advisor of the System Development Department and head of the CIO office. Also, he was in charge of IT budget planning, quality control and CSIRT. He joined SHIFT in January 2017 and was appointed executive officer in October of that year. After his join, he launched the Quality Technology Department, Consulting Department. Since September 2021, He oversees a wide range of areas from Financial to Entertainment as the Director of Digital Business Department.
Executive Officer, and Director of Service & Technology Department
Maoka graduated from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University. He joined INCS CORPORATION (currently renamed as SOLIZE CORPORATION) as a new graduate and worked as a consultant to standardize and to shorten the lead-time for metal processing processes. In 2006, he joined SHIFT and engaged in standardization and cost reduction projects for auto parts manufacturers as a consultant and a project leader. In 2012, he shifted his career to the software testing business and engaged in projects of financial and enterprise sectors as a project manager. After becoming the head of the ERP department in 2016, he has been consistently engaged in the enterprise ﬁeld. In 2018, he launched the SAP related service. Beginning in 2019, he has been the head of the Enterprise Industry and Distribution Department. Since then, he has overseen projects and teams in ﬁelds, including industrial, distribution, communications, automotive, and ERP.
Executive Officer and Director of Sales Division of Sales Administration
Kimura graduated from Faculty of Law, Hosei University. Since joining KEYENCE CORPORATION as a new graduate, he has served as general manager of the AC Division (currently renamed as Control Systems Division) and FAIN Division. He has also been appointed as director since 2009, driving the KEYENCE’s high growth with achievements, including the launch and growth of new businesses, overwhelming growth in sales, and transformation of business models. From 2018, he became president and representative director of the KEYENCE’s 100% owned subsidiary, responsible for a wide range of areas, from sales to hiring and organizational development. In January 2022, he participated in SHIFT as an executive officer.
Executive Officer and Section Manager of Public Relations & Investor Relations Unit
Joined SHIFT in 2008 after receiving a master degree in business-marketing in the United States. Experienced consulting in the manufacturing industry via auto-parts manufacturers. Along with business growth, in 2013 Yamaji launched PR division and followingly IR division when SHIFT was initially listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in 2014. Since then, she has broadly overseen PR and IR and managed disseminations to wide-ranging stakeholder, engagement measures, and branding. In 2022, she was appointed as an executive officer.
Kohsuke Kawaguchi is the creator of Jenkins and co-CEO of Launchable. He is a well-respected developer and popular speaker at industry and Jenkins community events. Kawaguchi’s sensibilities in creating Jenkins and his deep understanding of how to translate its capabilities into usable software have also had a major impact on CloudBees’ strategy as a company, where he served as CTO. Before joining CloudBees, Kawaguchi was with Sun Microsystems and Oracle, where he worked on a variety of projects and initiated the open source work that led to Jenkins.