EXECUTIVES

Executive Leadership Team

Akatsuki is establishing a new Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to execute business strategies, executing flexibly in priority areas and implementing decision making. ELT and the Board of Directors will act as a mutual management team responsible for maximizing long-term corporate value. ELT management role will focus on planning and execution while the Board of Directors will focus on the key decision making and corporate governance while coaching ELT.

Executive Leadership Team



Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Tetsuro Koda

Joined Accenture Japan Ltd. after graduating from Tsukuba College of Engineering Systems. Co-founded Akatsuki with Genki Shiota in 2010. From the beginning, drove game development as engineer and product leader. Currently serves as Director and COO, establishing a foundation for Akatsuki both in terms of business and organization. Established Taiwanese subsidiary in 2014, serving as representative director and succeeding in achieving successful global game distribution. Served as head of the mobile games business and director responsible for human resources and, since 2018, he has taken the lead of both the original IP production business and Akatsuki Live Entertainment Inc.

Head of Games

Yuki Totsuka

Born in Chiba, Japan and graduated from Sophia University, he joined the social games business of DeNA Co., Ltd. post-graduation and three years later joined Akatsuki. Since the dawn of the smartphone game market, he has worked as producer and director and led the start of multiple game projects. Appointed Operating Officer in 2018 and, in 2019, was appointed Director, Head of Games.

Chief IP Producer

Shuhei Yamaguchi

Joined a leading game developing company upon graduation and played a key role in the development of Japan’s most popular RPG series. After gaining more experience as a director at a social gaming company, joined Akatsuki in 2014. Produced multiple top-selling IP titles including Akatsuki’s original IP title “August Cinderella Nine”. In June 2020, appointed as Chief IP Producer and member of the ELT (Executive Leadership Team) and is now responsible for the creation and promotion of Akatsuki’s original IPs. Currently serves as the executive producer of “Tribe Nine” a new IP project co-developed by Too Kyo Games and Akatsuki.

Head of Game Operations

Katsuya Tagawa

Joined Akatsuki in 2016 after graduation from the School of Economics at Kyushu University, serving as leader or director of several game development projects. Transferred to Akatsuki Taiwan in 2018, becoming its CEO in 2019. Running an organization of multinational teams, drove forward the global rollout of games Akatsuki is involved in. Returning to Japan in July 2021, now leads Akatsuki’s Game Operations with responsibility for managing development projects undertaken jointly with outside parties.

Head of IP Business

Tomonobu Nozawa

Joined Akatsuki in 2014 after graduating from Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology. Worked as producer and director for multiple new game titles and currently the Deputy General Manager of the Games Business.

Head of Business Development and Partnerships | Partner, AET Fund | Director, Akatsuki India

Yuki Kawamura

As Head of Business Development and Partnerships, Yuki oversees all partnerships for Akatsuki. He also serves as Partner at AET Fund, a financial investment arm of Akatsuki. Prior to joining Akatsuki in 2018, he worked at Netflix as a Japan launch member and led the content strategy team. Yuki started his career in Monitor Group as a management consultant and later joined Booz & Co. He holds M.S. and B.S. in computer science from Keio University.

Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Security Officer (CTO & CISO)

Yusuke Tanaka

Joined Akatsuki in 2012 after working for a large-scale chemical company as a systems integrator and has been engaged in the development and operation of core systems. Involved in the development of nearly all game titles, was appointed CTO in 2014. Leading efforts to raise Akatsuki’s technological capabilities created the culture of productivity for the engineering group, developed the technology base for game production, enhanced company-wide systems security, and improved information systems.

Chief of Staff, Games

Yoshihiro Yunomae

Joined Hitachi, Ltd. (Yokohama Research Laboratory) as a new graduate and worked on upstream Linux kernel processes. Joined Akatsuki in 2014 as a client engineer. Promoted to VP of Engineering in April of 2017, focused on building and managing the engineering organization.

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)

Kazushige Shimizu

Entered The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. (MUFG Bank, Ltd.) as a new graduate. Joined the strategic group of Accenture Japan Ltd. in 2002, consulting for the telecommunications, consumer goods, retail, and pharmaceutical industries on overall corporate strategy and new business development. Promoted to Managing Director in 2017. Joined Akatsuki in 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer, engaged in business development and setting management agenda.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Keiichi Yoneshima

Joined a telecommunications firm after graduating from Keio University Graduate School. Switched careers to join the finance industry in 2000, working as an equity research analyst covering the telecommunication and internet sectors. Worked for multiple securities firms, including Credit Suisse, and joined Akatsuki in 2020.

Chief Human Relations Officer (CHRO)

Takayuki Hoda

Joined NEC Corporation after graduation from the University of Texas. Joined Akatsuki in 2016 after working for Accenture Japan Ltd. and GREE, Inc. Worked on the start-up of the Live Experience Business and, since 2018, engaged in human resources, labor, general corporate affairs, and public relations. Appointed Chief Human Relations Officer (CHRO) in 2019.

Other Leaders

  

Head of Design, Games

Yoichi Shibata

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Shintaro Kubota

Senior Vice President (Heart Driven Fund and Sports Business)

Kazuhiro Ishikura

Akatsuki Fukuoka CEO

Tatsuya Anno

Akatsuki Taiwan CEO

Takuya Kozaki

Board of Directors



Co-founder and CEO

Tetsuro Kouda

Joined Accenture Japan Ltd. after graduating from Tsukuba College of Engineering Systems. Co-founded Akatsuki with Genki Shiota in 2010. From the beginning, drove game development as engineer and product leader. Currently serves as Director and COO, establishing a foundation for Akatsuki both in terms of business and organization. Established Taiwanese subsidiary in 2014, serving as representative director and succeeding in achieving successful global game distribution. Served as head of the mobile games business and director responsible for human resources and, since 2018, he has taken the lead of both the original IP production business and Akatsuki Live Entertainment Inc.

Director, Head of Games

Yuki Totsuka

Born in Chiba, Japan and graduated from Sophia University, he joined the social games business of DeNA Co., Ltd. post-graduation and three years later joined Akatsuki. Since the dawn of the smartphone game market, he has worked as producer and director and led the start of multiple game projects. Appointed Operating Officer in 2018 and, in 2019, was appointed Director, Head of Games.

Outside Director

Hisashi Katsuya

Representative and painter, Team♡KATSUYA. Worked at IBM Japan for 25 years. In 2000, appointed Partner and Japan Representative for IMB Venture Capital Group and acted as Project Manager for Human Resource Development at METI’s IPA agency. He began working independently with his spouse in August 2010. Became mentor and supporter of Akatsuki during its 2nd year after foundation. Remains active as a business producer in various capacities: Visiting Professor at Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business, Part-time Lecturer at Toyama Prefectural University and Sophia University, Advisor on Community Informatics to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Director at Fukuoka Ruby and Software Industry Promotion Committee.

Outside Director

Tetsuya Mizuguchi

Joined Sega Enterprises, Ltd. and became a research manager, later appointed studio representative of United Game Artists, Ltd. Currently serving as CEO of Enhance Experience, Inc. (USA) and Director of EDGEof, Professor Emeritus at Keio University (Keio Media Design) and Visiting Professor at Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

Auditor

Yu Matsumoto

Born in 1986 – Tokyo. Graduated Meiji University School of Commerce in March 2008. Joined the Total Service Division of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC in December 2008. Has much experience in audit services under the Companies Act and Financial Instruments and Exchange Act, in addition to IPO support services, and internal control establishment support services. In June 2019, founded an accounting firm that provides services including IPO support, settlement support, and M&A related financial due diligence, etc. :woman-raising-hand: 1

Outside Auditor

Eiji Katayama

Born in 1950 – Okayama Prefecture. Partner at the law firm of Abe, Ikubo & Katayama. Graduated from Kyoto University School of Engineering and worked for a pharmaceutical company, attending Kobe University School of Law at night. Licensed attorney in Japan and New York. Appointed a Trustee of JAL. Serves as outside director at Akatsuki and other firms; works as an advisor to a wide range of companies. Specialist in Intellectual Property, Corporate Law, and Bankruptcy. Served as President of AIPPI JAPAN and as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.

Outside Auditor

Kentaro Okamoto

Partner at Kotto Dori Law Office and Associate Visiting Professor at Graduate School of Law, Kobe University. Licensed attorney in Japan and New York and Securities Analyst (CMA). Graduated from Keio University Faculty of Economics, Hitotsubashi University School of Law (JD), Pennsylvania Law School (LLM) and Wharton Business and Law Certificate. Worked at Reuter Japan (currently, Refinitiv Japan), and was Lecturer at Tokyo University of Art and at Graduate School of Information & Communication. Chair of Copyright Distribution Committee of Japan Contents Blockchain Initiative.

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