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Executives

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Hirofumi Hayashi
President

Hirofumi Hayashi graduated from Faculty of Law, Doshisha University.
He worked in Anderson Consulting (now Accenture), started a venture company, and worked once again in Accenture. He then established INTLOOP in February 2005. He has a wide range of consulting experience, including business strategy, BPR, and project management. He has recently been involved in overseas expansion support and business development, focusing in particular on the Business to Consumer world.

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Hiroshi Hasegawa
Board Member

Hiroshi Hasegawa graduated from the Faculty of Education, Kobe University.
He worked in Anderson Consulting (now Accenture), i-style, and has acted as a freelance consultant.
Hasegawa has a wide range of experience in operational reform, system construction, IT governance, project management support, etc., in various types of industry (trading companies, energy, home appliances, music creation, life insurance, food and drinks production, etc.)

Akio Kawabata
Auditor

Akio Kawabata graduated from the Division of Electrical and Information Engineering, School/Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University.
He received his master’s degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, Stanford University.
He worked for Toshiba for 32 years, during which he was engaged in the development, design, management planning, and overseas marketing of semiconductors, liquid crystals, and other electronic components. In addition, as the president of several overseas subsidiaries, he was stationed in England, Germany, and Singapore for a total of 12 years. After leaving Toshiba, he founded a consulting company, where he now engages in semi-conductor and IT-related business expansion support, helping overseas companies expand into the Japanese market, and helping Japanese companies expand into overseas markets. Concurrently, he also serves as an advisor to Accenture, the representative of a Chinese semi-conductor company’s Japanese subsidiary, and the auditor for several Japanese semi-conductor companies. He took up his current position in September 2016.

Shigeru Suzuki
Adviser

Shigeru Suzuki graduated from the Department of Law, College of Law, Chuo University.
Before taking up his present position, Shigeru Suzuki worked for the Bank of Japan, as Senior Advisor for Merrill Lynch Japan Securities, and provided independent consulting regarding business management. He was a consistent presence at the Bank of Japan in a specialized section that is responsible for examining management and leadership in financial institutions, and played a key role during the financial crisis of the 1990s in the investigation, projection, and coordination of practical affairs pertaining to management issues, public scandals, and bankruptcy processing for financial institution.
He was deeply involved in a number projects, including municipal banks, security firms, credit unions, etc., that were developed during this time period, and has earned a reputation as being one of only a few specialists in the country who are experts in this domain.
Afterwards, he moved on from his position as Investigations Bureau Director to work as Branch Manager for offices in Kitakyushu, Kanazawa, and Fukuoka, and continued to become the Administrative Official for Kitakyushu. In addition to this, he was also entrusted as an Associate Professor at the University of Kitakyushu Graduate School (Risk Management Theory), and is an active member of the Cabinet Office Committee for the Study of Regional Revitalization, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Committee for the Study of Activation and Revitalization of Educational Institutions, an Inspector for Private Education Institutions, and a selection of other committees involved in municipal administration and local governments. He current holds a variety of concurrent posts, including Tokyo District Court Civil Arbitration Committee Member, Special Adviser for Sawayaka Research, and Corporate Auditor for the Wisdom Academy.

Sales

Yasushi Saka
Senior Executive Officer

Yasushi Saka graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University.
Had a 36-year tenure at Accenture PLC. During this time, he began by introducing plans for SCM revolution focused on the high-tech manufacturing business, and had a wide range of experience in consulting, such as project management in introducing large scale information systems, and starting up outsourcing projects. He has also held the positions of managing director (former partner), high-tech project director, and global account leader for a major electronics client.
In 2016, he left Accenture. After leaving and until 2018, he held the role of Accenture’s special adviser. From 2010 to 2017, he was a part-time professor for management design at the School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda University Graduate School.
Since 2016, he has been a company adviser for INTLOOP. He has held his current position since September 2018.

Nobuaki Mitsuhashi
Director

Nobuaki Mitsuhashi graduated from the First School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Waseda University.
Before taking up his present position, he worked at a Japanese environmental consulting venture company.
He has work experience in each phase of business, with a complete end-to-end understanding of business strategy, sales/marketing planning, logistics CRM, EC, distribution, and retail store sales. In addition, he has engaged in M&A and has prior experience launching new business, and has provided environmental consultation on topics such as CO2 reduction on top of implementing measures to improve corporate values for government agencies, local governments, private enterprises, and NPOs. With his wide breadth of knowledge, he has a variety of strengths that provide added value to clients.

Tomonori Ito
Director

Tomonori Ito graduated from the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Tokyo University.
Before taking up his present position, Tomonori worked for Accenture.
In the fields of finance, distribution, government agencies and local governments, he is engaged in consulting related to formulating plans for and supporting the execution of business reform, implementation and introduction of IT, continuous improvement of on-site work, new business creation, and project management. In the area of business reform on-site and support for IT reform, his strengths lie in comprehensive control of multiple organizations and support for its implementation. In addition, he is also active in new business development and support for overseas advancement.

Consulting

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Tetsuya Kato
Executive Officer

Tetsuya Kato graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Niigata University.
Before taking up his present position, Tetsuya Kato worked for Anderson Consulting (now Accenture), and acted as a freelance consultant.
As a consultant, Kato has accumulated a wealth of experience in company-wide operational reform planning, business plan formulation and implementation, IT governance, and IT system construction and installation. He has provided such services to a broad range of companies, including major retail companies, major semiconductor manufacturers, major trading companies, major office appliance manufacturers, and energy companies.

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Yuichi Okamura
Partner

Yuichi Okamura graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Fukuoka University.
Okamura worked in the architectural engineering headquarters of Tokyu Construction, where he engaged in research and development in the building production sector
Okamura acted as a consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (now IBM Japan, Ltd.) and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Consulting (now Qunie Corporation). He joined INTLOOP having gained experience in mergers & acquisitions and new business launches.
He has a wide range of experience. This experience covers operational reform in the SCM/procurement sector, cost reduction activities, Activity Based Costing/ Management (including for the non-manufacturing sector), implementation of performance management (balance score card), company-wide operational reform, and business strategy formulation. With knowledge and experience in both solutions and management, Okamura has worked alongside clients to provide executive-class advice, with the ever-present goal of raising the client company’s value.

Yasushi Kubota
Partner

Yasushi Kubota graduated from the Department of Administration Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Chuo University.
Before taking up his present position, Yasushi Kubota worked for Headstrong Japan Ltd. (now Genpact Headstrong Business Consulting) and Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd.
As a business and system consultant, he has accumulated a wealth of experience in the various phases of projects, ranging from proposals and planning to implementation and development, which includes the introduction of SCM packages to the high tech manufacturing industry and the deployment of the packages to other bases, the introduction of EA (enterprise architecture) and IT Investment Management, and the PM/PMO of large-scale projects in sectors such as life insurance and the public sector. He currently performs his job by taking advantage of his strengths of resolving matters from the perspective of customers under the theme of building a bridge between business and IT.

Kazunori Kanaguri
Partner 

Kazunori Kanaguri graduated from Osaka Prefectural College of Technology (now Osaka Prefecture University College of Technology).
Before taking up his present position, he worked at NTT Data, SAP Japan, and KPMG Consulting.
He engages in BPR and core system implementation projects utilizing ERP for major manufacturing, trading, heavy industry, and airline service companies.He has experience in project proposals, planning, requirement definition and implementation, overseas development (roll-in and roll-out), consulting for operational sustainment and improvement, and project management. He works with the concept of having the added value of constantly facing issues from a customer perspective and taking appropriate action on items that are not noticed by the customers.

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Masaki Matoike
Senior Manager

Masaki Matoike graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University.
He worked for the communications/hi-tech headquarters of Anderson Consulting (now Accenture). He has taken on numerous operational reforms and IT system installation projects, primarily in the Supply Chain Management sector (physical distribution in particular). Matoike also has a formidable track record in helping companies adjust to legal amendments, including the Japanese version of the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act (J-SOX) and the requirement to settle accounts earlier. As a consultant, he has an exceptional talent for providing advice and support for improvements from an impartial perspective, and advancing reforms from the client’s perspective by, for example, negotiating with external parties such as accounting firms and system development vendors.

Keitaro Sakamoto
Senior Manager

Keitaro Sakamoto graduated from the College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University.
Before taking up his present position, he worked for an independent system integrator, Accenture and a certified public accountants’ office.
He has been involved in the introduction and configuration of IT systems in a wide range of sectors, such as telecommunications, semiconductors, manufacturing, electrical utilities and public agencies throughout his career. As an IT consultant, he has an extensive track record in project management for the introduction of package systems including SAP and customizing systems based on his substantial experience.

IT Engineer service

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Masataka Taguchi
Executive Officer

Masataka Taguchi graduated from the Department of Management Information, Tama University.
He worked for Anderson Consulting (now Accenture), Gartner Japan, and Abeam Consulting (Thailand) in the past.
Before taking up his present position, he worked at CIS Inc. (now Sony Global Solutions Inc.) and Management Solutions Inc., a company specializing in project management.
Starting his career as a consultant in the manufacturing industry, he acquired much experience as project manager for Sony Global’s large-scale projects. Using that experience, in 2005 he took part in the planning of Management Solutions Inc. as a founding member, assumed the role of company director in 2007, and from 2014 he became executive vice president, contributing to the expansion of the company.

Shinichi Aoki
Director

He worked in a major real-estate developer as a real-estate consultant targeting a wealthy clientele. He then entered a large personnel services firm, where he worked on many personnel support projects in the engineering consultancy field. During this time he supported many different companies, including software companies, communications carriers, system integrators, and internet firms (BPO, BPR, CRM, ITLCM, operation management, etc.) His speciality lies in providing a consulting service that combines IT and human resources. He has supported the careers of engineers for many years by providing advice in relation to dispatching, freelance, consignment, and vocational changes.

Digital tranceformation

Kazuhiro Nakamura
Senior Manager

Kazuhiro Nakamura earned an MBA from IESE Business School.
Before taking up his present position, Kazuhiro Nakamura worked for Kurt Salmon and an E-commerce startup company.
He has over 10 years of consulting experience and has mainly provided retail and consumer products companies with consulting services in areas such as omnichannel strategies, E-commerce growth support, business process reform, due diligence and IT strategies and governance. He also has extensive experience in consulting in other countries such as Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Albania.

Masayuki Tanaka
Director

Masayuki Tanaka graduated from the Department of Law, College of Law, Nihon University.
Before taking up his present position, Masayuki Tanaka worked for a system integrator and a foreign-owned consulting firm where he was involved in the development, introduction, and establishment of systems in the financial, manufacturing, service, and public sectors, as well as participation in a startup company and the creation of new businesses.
He has promoted the revitalization of companies through a series of seamless processes ranging from the development of new businesses and sales strategies, to administration planning, implementation, and monitoring. In the IT field, he has extensive experience as an architect in not only the planning and designing of corporate systems, but also in operation management and design and the optimization of operations. In recent years, he has promoted cloud computing under the theme of optimizing IT investments in companies.

Management

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Chikara Uchino
Executive Officer

Chikara Uchino graduated from the Faculty of Law, Keio University.
He took part as an executive in the direction of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), an investment company, and a game company venture, and has now returned to Accenture as a partner.
He has been involved in the installation of an accounting system at a beverage company, the overhaul of the personnel system at an automobile manufacturer, and the introduction of SCM in the consumer electronics and semiconductor industries. He had a hand in the IPO of AQ Interactive Inc. (now Marvelous Inc.) and also served as the representative director of its subsidiary Cavia Inc., where he achieved profitability and stabilized the company while also launching the company’s sales business. After these experiences and his return to Accenture, he has brought about results in client support in a wide range of areas, from new business development support to business improvement and large-scale system installations. Also, he has a proven track record as a troubleshooter for problem projects.

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Kazuaki Kurosawa
Director

Kazuaki Kurosawa graduated from the Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Tokyo University.
He completed a Master’s Program in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering at the Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University.
Kurosawa worked for the communications/hi-tech headquarters and also the production and distribution headquarters of Anderson Consulting (now Accenture).
In terms of hi-tech production and distribution, Kazuaki Kurosawa has brought online numerous SCM packages and customized systems, and he has a wealth of experience in delivering operational reform plans, analyses, and reform implementation. He has engaged in project management support for numerous system-related projects of life insurance companies, and he has formidable knowledge on project promotion and operational affairs in life insurance companies. In addition, he has supported many projects in the energy sector, and has dealt with a wide variety of industries.

Executive Search

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Toshihide Shirai
Partner

Shirai holds a BA degree in Development Studies, International and Area Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
At INTLOOP, Toshihide Shirai has been involved in plenty of executive level searches for variety of industries including high technology, industrial, retail, consumer and healthcare.
His success is founded on his ability to understand the company’s strategic direction, his skill in assessing the cultural fit of the candidates, and his dedication to quality and timeliness.
Prior to joining INTLOOP, Shirai spent five years as executive search consultant at Odgers Berndtson, a leading global executive search firm. He was effective at helping his clients build strong leadership teams. He has successfully conducted various searches for C-level executives, presidents and vice presidents for companies in all phases of development, from start-ups to well-established business franchises. Before Odgers Berndtson, Shirai spent several years as a management consultant for Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA).
At KSA, Shirai was involved in a number of projects relating to supply chain management, product lifecycle management, IT implementation, product development and market assessment. Before KSA, Shirai worked for Sony Supply Chain Solutions Inc. in the planning division where he was in charge of several global and local SCM projects.