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Executive Introductions

Directors and Executive Officers

President and CEO

Masaru Tange
Masaru Tange

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. He is pushing the company ambitiously forward, including through the development of its overseas operations.

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Director and Vice President

Michio Sasaki

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

Motoya Kobayashi
Motoya Kobayashi

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

Takafumi Murakami

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

Fumiko Motoya

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 & Supervisory Committee Member

Susumu Miura
Susumu Miura

After gaining experience in the IT field at a general trading company, Mr. Miura worked in IT consulting for Japanese companies entering the US, as a project manager for large-scale systems, and gained experience in launching an ERP business. After holding executive positions at Infocom Corporation and GRANDIT Corporation, he became an Audit & Supervisory Board member at SHIFT in 2012.

Independent Outside Director and Audit & Supervisory Committee Member

Kenji Chishiki
Kenji Chishiki

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

Tetsujiro Nakagaki
Tetsujiro Nakagaki

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, Director of the Business Transformation Division, and Dirctor of the Human Resources Division

Yosuke Sugahara
Yosuke Sugahara

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, Executive Manager of the Business Transformation Divisionʼs Enterprise Supervisory Department, and Executive Manager of the Business Transformation Divisionʼs Quality and Technology Supervisory Department

Toshiaki Hosoda
Toshiaki Hosoda

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, director, head of the CIO office, and general manager of the Quality Control Department. Simultaneously, he chaired Financials ISAC Japan’s Vulnerability Response Working Group. He joined SHIFT in January 2017 and was appointed executive officer in October of that year.

Executive Officer, and Genral Manager of Enterprise Industry & Logistics Subdivision, Business Transformation Division

Toshiaki Hosoda
Yusuke Maoka

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 General Manager of the Sales Division

Shigeki Komiyama
Shigeki Komiyama

Following his graduation from Nagoya City University’s Faculty of Economics, Mr. Komiyama went on to complete an Executive MBA Program at the Columbia Business School. He joined Citizen Watch Co., Ltd., where he gained experience in production management and sales, before being seconded to the company’s US branch. There, he participated in large-scale OEM business and business development activities surrounding the US IT sector. He became representative director of Handspring Co., Ltd. in 2000, before moving on in 2002 to a position as general manager of sales planning and general manager of marketing at SGI Japan Ltd. In 2004, as a director and executive officer at Wacom Co., Ltd., he took charge of the Japan/Asia, global corporate, and CAD software businesses. In July 2018, he joined SHIFT as an executive officer.

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