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Management Team

Representative Director, President & CEO Taku Toguchi

Representative Director, President & CEO

Taku Toguchi

He started his research and development of artificial intelligence in 2004. Since then, he has been engaged in continuous research and development of artificial intelligence for more than 10 years, as well as commercialization and financial strengthening. In 2015, he founded AI inside. He has led service development, technology and management strategies, and has invented many technology patents, including the below;

  • Character recognition technology using machine learning combined with image recognition and natural language

  • Virtual personality generation and recommendation technology from anonymous information

  • Encryption technology using image processing

  • Compression and transfer technology for documents

  • Collation check system between AI-OCR result and human input data

  • and others

Executive Officer, COO Maori Saito

Executive Director & COO

Maori Saito

After graduating Sophia University with a degree in International law relations, he joined Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (now Shinsei Bank), where he worked at the financial products development department at the head office in Sapporo. During then he obtained a MBA degree from New York University Graduate School of Business. He then joined Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, where he worked in the corporate business department. Afterwards he joined a IT start-up company as executive, and supported in listing and new business creations. After resigning, he supported a number of start-up companies including AI inside Inc. He was appointed as Executive Officer COO in April 2021, and Board Director in June 2021.

Executive Director, Yoshiaki Sakito

Executive Director

Yoshiaki Sakito

After working for Sony, Bain & Company, The Walt Disney Company, and AOL, Yoshiaki founded Livedoor. Steve Jobs entrusted him with the Japanese market, and he became Vice President of Apple’s U.S. headquarters and Representative Director of Apple Japan. He then revived Apple from its crisis. He is currently the CEO of REALDEAR and is involved in the development of a learning platform and consulting. Appointed as Executive Director of AI inside in June 2021.

Non-Executive Director, Kenichi Hoshi

Non-Executive Director

Kenichi Hoshi

Mr. Kenichi joined the JUKI group in 1989 and worked in the Soviet Union, India, Singapore, and became Managing Director of the companies in Romania and France. From 2005, he was responsible as Managing Director for the Thai subsidiary of Misumi group. In 2008, he joined Amazon Japan G.K., where he served as Director, leading the Retail, Marketplace, and B2B business divisions, and was a member of the leadership (management) team during the company’s early stage and its growth phase. Currently, he is the President of kenhoshi&Company, COO of Oisix ra daichi, Inc and an outside director of other companies. He was appointed as Board Director of AI inside Inc. in June 2021.

Non-Executive Officer, Takeo Kusunose

Non-Executive Officer

Takeo Kusunose

After joining Nomura Securities, he joined Merrill Lynch and was in charge of Equity Capital Markets Department, and then became General Manager for the Investment Banking Division where he was involved in advising Japanese companies on their overall financial and business strategies. He has extensive experience in large-scale cross-border and domestic M&A projects, government privatization projects, large-scale IPO projects, and fundraising through stocks and bonds. He is a former Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co. Graduate of Keio University with B.A. in Economics, and MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined AI inside Inc. as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member in June 2019, and was appointed as Board Director of AI inside Inc. in June 2021.

Executive Officer, CFO Masafumi Takahashi

Executive Officer, CFO

Masafumi Takahashi

Graduate of Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, and Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University. After graduating, he joined IBM Japan Ltd, where he engaged in failure analysis of mainframe software. He then worked at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu LLC until October 2017, when he joined AI inside Inc. At our corporate planning office he has been in charge of fund procurement and establishment of internal controls, and was appointed as Executive Officer CFO in September 2018. He is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (USCPA).

Executive Officer, CXO Hiroki Hosaka

Executive Officer, CXO

Hiroki Hosaka

Graduate of Chiba University with a degree in Design Science. After graduating, he joined Nikon Corporation, where he worked on UI design for electronic devices. Afterwards, he worked on UX design for IoT devices at LEOMO, Inc. and UX design consulting at Tigerspike Tokyo. He started supporting AI inside Inc. from July 2017 as external designer, and officially joined in October 2019. He launched the design organization, and oversees the design operation. Appointed as Executive Officer CXO of AI inside Inc in April 2021.

Standing Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Takayuki Satoh

After joining a foreign bank and working at a major auditing firm (in the U.S.), he established Sato Management Law Office. He has served as an external auditor of Mixi Inc. and Ace Insurance Co., Ltd. and was appointed as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member of AI inside Inc in June 2019. Graduated from Waseda University, Faculty of Political Science and Economics. Lawyer and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (USCPA).

Standing Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Misao Akutsu

After joining Recruit Center Co., Ltd. (currently Recruit Holding Co., Ltd.), he worked in human resources for 10.5 years, and in real estate for 4.5 years. He then took charge in human resources at Able Inc, Plaza Create Co, Backs Group Inc and Apaman Shop Network Co (Currently APAMAN Co., Ltd). In March of 2004, he established Coco Breeze. Inc and has been consulting mainly for start up companies. Appointed as Audit & Supervisory Board Member of AI inside Inc. in June 2018.

Standing Audit & Supervisory Board Member

Wataru Kagawa

Mr. Kagawa joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation). After serving as Director and Executive Officer at NTT DoCoMo, and Full-time Corporate Auditor of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation, he is currently an non-executive director (part-time) of several venture companies. In June 2021, he was appointed as Audit & Supervisory Board Member of AI inside Inc. Graduate of Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo.

Consultant

Katsuaki Nakaoki

Former Vice Chairman of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co. Mr. Nakaoki started his career at Merrill Lynch as head of the regional financial institutions team within the fixed income sales division, and later became head of the entire sales division, including business corporations and central financial institutions. At AI inside Inc., he has been involved in sales activities for financial institutions, and utilizing his experience as a member of management he is engaging in general management. He was appointed as Director of AI inside Inc. in October 2016, and changed the position to Consultant in June 2021.

Advisor

Kyoichiro Suzuki

For 13 years from 1991, Kyoichiro led and supervised software product development at start-ups and listed companies in and around Silicon Valley. After returning to Japan in 2004, he joined Microsoft Corporation (now Microsoft Japan). He served as Executive Officer of Developer & Platform Evangelism, Chief Information Officer for Asia and Japan, and General Manager of IT Division at the U.S. HQ. In 2013, he left Microsoft and founded Leftright Corporation, which provides intellectual property management consulting and innovation support. He is licensed as a patent and trademark attorney in Japan. He was appointed as Advisor to the Company in June 2021.