EXECUTIVES

Executive Leadership Team

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

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. Drove Akatsuki’s game development as an engineer and product leader since establishment. Currently serves as Director and CEO, establishing a foundation for Akatsuki both in terms of business and organization. Established Taiwanese subsidiary in 2014, serving as representative director and achieved 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.

Head of Global Game Expansion

Tomoya Ogawa

After working for a US consulting firm and later joining a law firm, joined DeNA Co., Ltd. and worked in general business affairs as Executive Officer in the Corporate Planning Division. Joined Akatsuki in 2014 and was appointed Director and CFO, engaged in overall corporate affairs and oversaw investments.

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 IP Business

Tomonobu Nozawa

Following graduation from Keio University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, joined Akatsuki as a new-hire in 2014. Became the Deputy General Manager of the Games division, after launching several game titles as a director/producer. From April 2020, has been in charge of developing a new video production business centered around IP creation, in addition to producing new game titles at Akatsuki.

Head of Global IP Expansion

Yuki Kawamura

After working for US consulting firms in Tokyo and Singapore, joined Netflix in 2015 and participated in the Japan launch working on content planning and analysis. Joined Akatsuki in 2018 and engaged in investment in India. Working in parallel on overseas development of IP originating from Japan.

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

Katsuya Tagawa

Board of Directors



Co-founder and 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 an engineer and product leader since establishment. Currently serves as Director and CEO, establishing a foundation for Akatsuki both in terms of business and organization. Established Taiwanese subsidiary in 2014, serving as representative director and achieved 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.

Co-founder and Non-executive Director

Genki Shiota

BS in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Yokohama National University, MBA from Hitotsubashi University. Joined DeNA Co., Ltd. Co-founded Akatsuki in June 2010 together with Tetsuro Koda. Public listing of Akatsuki on TSE Mothers in 2016, transferring to TSE 1st Section in 2017. Has lead the growth of Akatsuki as the CEO with the vision for “A Heart Driven World” and made significant contributions to business performance. Authored book titled “Heart Driven, the Power of Placing Value on Intangibles” (published by Gentosha). Supports the growth of Akatsuki as a non-executive director since June 2020.

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

Satoshi Yokoi

Born 1973 in Aichi Prefecture. Graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Letters. After starting his career at a Japanese manufacturer and later with a US-based consulting firm, joined So-net M3, Inc. (currently, M3, Inc.) in 2003 working in pharmaceutical marketing and helping launch their research business division. Furthering his administrative experience at the Benesse Corporation conducting business planning, and managing a publishing company, he was then seated as a director of So-net M3 (M3) in June 2009. Upon his resignation as a director of M3 in June 2018, became president and representative director of PAPABUBBLE JAPAN.

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