Representative Director & Group CEO
After working at a general trading company where he gained experience in developing chemicals for overseas sales, export operations, and national bidding, Hitoshi Funahashi joined Recruit Corporation in 1987 and was assigned to the human resources general services division, and then to the new business development office. In 1996, he led the creation of a business incubation division in the company.
He also launched the publication of the magazine Entre and began to provide start-up companies with comprehensive support services combining the functions of a magazine, Internet, events, and individual consulting.
In 2000, he took over Recruit’s business support services project and established Actcell Corporation. In 2001, Actcell corporation entered a partnership with Intellectual Capital AB (ICAB), a Swedish intellectual capital rating company, and obtained the license for its IC Rating® approach for evaluating “off balance sheet” substantive corporate value, and successfully developed a Japanese version of this rating method. In 2003, Actcell acquired the capital of ICAB, and in 2010 made the Swedish company a 100% subsidiary.
Hitoshi is an advocate of intellectual capitalism, which ensures fair and appropriate profits for all stakeholders of companies including top executives, employees, partners, customers, and shareholders. He is actively engaged in studying and implementing ICMG’s own approaches to intellectual capital management.
- MBA and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Economics at Waseda University. Member of the Subcommittee on Management and Intellectual Assets, New Growth Policy Committee, Industrial Structure Council, METI. Vise-Chairman (2009) and Secretary (2010) for Middle Market Business Revitalization Committee, Japan Association of Corporate Executives.
Board Member and CPO (Chief People Officer)
After working mainly in the HR department of Nippon Kokan Kabushikigaisha, he was seconded to National Steel, and spent his time there as assistant to the CEO. He joined GE in 1999 and was put in charge of the HR department for Healthcare Asia, Money Asia, and then GE Japan. In 2012 he joined the LIXIL Group Corporation as the LIXIL Group Executive Vice President, and as a Board member and the Vice President of LIXIL Corporation. Yousuke was also appointed the Chief HR Officer, and was deeply involved in the corporate reform, the globalization, training of leaders, promotion of diversity, and the strategic placement of human resources. Yousuke is the co-author of “The vision of strategic HR – Don’t be limited by the structure, tell the story” (Kobunsha shinsho).
- Graduated School of Economy of Kyoto University in 1980, gained Master of Science in 1992 from MIT Sloan School.
Board Member and CSO (Chief Strategy Officer)
At McKinsey & Co., Fumihiro Oba was in charge of planning and implementing growth strategies, company reform projects, and new business planning for clients in many industries including the electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, automobile, and publishing. He joined ICMG in 2005.
He has developed numerous reform programs that organically connect a company’s sources of value such as its human resources, relationships, and organizing abilities to strategies. He has led reform projects by working integrally with Japanese and overseas companies in areas of growth strategies formulation, company reform projects, corporate integration, innovation, and business development initiatives. He specializes in helping companies, by taking a holistic view of their business, to enhance their ability to generate continuous results through both business and organizational strategies.
- Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Keio University.
MBA from INSEAD.
Board Member and CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
Isao Segawa worked for Sojitsu Corporation, a general trading company. He spent eight years stationed abroad, working in the areas of international trade and business investment. In 2005 he began serving as a board member (and later as Representative Director) of a business investment company (Staff Service Investment, which later became OG Investment) for a major temp agency and engaged in business revitalization of restaurants, resort hotels, golf courses, and Japanese sake manufacturers, as well as investment in technology ventures. He joined ICMG in 2012 and manages various M&A and alliance projects, while also serving as the CFO.
- Graduate of the Faculty of Law at Kobe University.
External Board Member
Akihiro Azuma was engaged in developing management and financial strategies for clients at Recruit Corporation and then was tasked mainly with M&A and private equity investment at Nikko antfactory K.K. He was the Managing Director of Nikko antfactory K.K. as well as the President of Ant Corporate Advisory Inc. (now ACA Inc.). He joined ICMG in 2011 and is in charge of the financial advisory field.
- Graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tokyo
External Board Member
Hitachi,Ltd. General Manager , Management Planning Office Strategy Planning Division.
Masaru Murai joined IBM Corp. (New York office) in 1962. After transferring to IBM Japan, he participated in the terminal and system development of Japan's first on-line banking system. After serving as IBM’s General Manager of Communication Products and Services he left IBM in 1991 and took the position of President, and later of Chairman, at Compaq Computer Japan. He left Compaq in 1998 and went on to foster many venture companies. He is currently the Executive Advisor for TX Entrepreneur Partners (General Incorporated Association). He has also served as the Chairman of the Foreign Information Industry Forum, Governor of American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ), and Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners.
- MBA from the University of California.
In 1977 he joined Hitachi Ltd as the financial manager of the electricity division. His prior roles have included serving as the managing director and director of finance then executive officer of Hitachi Medical Corporation. He served as president and representative director of Hitachi Urban Support. Currently he is appointed corporate auditor of Hitachi Urban Investment.
- Graduated in economics from Kyoto University
Executive officer for Energy Management
Hidetoshi spent 10 years at Recruit focusing on sales, business planning, service development, and overseas business development, before joining Actcell Corporation (which later became ICMG) at its beginning. Hidetoshi has rich experience in management restructuring, organization restructuring, new business development projects, and business incubation in the fields of General Electronic Manufacturers, Energy, Automotive, Railways, IT, Material, Food, Logistics, General Consumer Goods, and TV/Radio.
- Graduated the School of Engineering at Kyoto University, majoring in Chemical Science.
Executive officer , IWNC Representative Director
In the 7 years as Representative Director, he has tripled the size of business of IWNC. Based in China, one of the most competitive markets worldwide, Hirohisa focuses on the development of personnel that can strive in the global market, assists in localization support, strategic support , and organization building support towards Japanese companies expanding into the Asian market.
- BA in Economics and Finance from Kent University
New business development
Hiromi is the creator of Recruits’ “Zexy”, and has launched numerous magazines, free papers internet sites, and events in the fields of Bridal, Home, Start-ups, and cloud sourcing. After leaving Recruit in 2010, Hiromi launched Alea Co., Ltd as a new business consulting firm, and has a wide range of consulting start-up ventures, and corporations on the stock exchange.
- Graduated the School of Agriculture, Department of Forestry Economics of Kyoto University
ICMG Silicon Valley Representative
Former Vice President of Recruit USA. Has rich experience in setting up US offices for Japanese corporations, building management teams, and strengthening organizations, with experience and knowledge in M&A, Buyouts, advisory in Organization offshore outsourcing, and team building, along with leading in projects setting up Japan offices for foreign corporations, and structure advisory.
- Graduated from the Graduate School of Keio University, Administration Engineering Faculty of Science and Technology
ICMG Singapore Representative
A serial entrepreneur. The founder and former CEO of Perfect Innovation, GlobalRoam, and many other technology start-ups in Singapore. Director of STT Connect, the cloud servicer of STT, a major telecom in Singapore.
- National University of Singapore(NUS) MBA
Director, ICMG India
As a certified public accountant, J Suri launched Suri Consultants Pvt. Ltd., and has provided financial and corporate advisory services for over 30 years. He is also a co-founder of Bizworth India Pvt. Ltd., specializing in assessment and enhancement support of intellectual capital. He is a member of the All India Management Association (AIMA) of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), and has served as the Chairman of the Finance, Capital Markets & Foreign Investment Committee.
- Qualified Chartered Accountant. Master’s degree from the Sydenham College.
WEnergy Global Pte Ltd CEO
Atem S Ramsundersingh
After time spent at the senior manager of Energy Management of the World Bank, and as the CEO of a conglomerate venture in Malaysia, Atem established WEnergy in Singapore. While serving as a policy consultant for ASEAN nations and energy and utility companies in Asia, WEnergy provides energy generation and power transmission. Is the owner of a professional network that includes personnel residing in over 65 countries.
Anthony Willoughby - Director of IC
Anthony Willoughby is the founder of IWNC. During an expedition to Papua New Guinea, his team that was working together toward a common goal ended up losing its enthusiasm due to the incessant complaining by one of its members. Based on this experience, he established the I Will Not Complain team building and leadership development programs in Japan in 1989, and in China in 1992. Through his 10-plus years of continued dialogue with the chiefs of tribes in Papua New Guinea and Kenya, Anthony developed a visualizing process called Territory Mapping that provides creative and new perspective on where one currently stands and where he or she is headed without being restricted by preconceived ideas.
Kevin K Jones
Kevin joined McKinsey and Co. and worked as a partner at its Japanese branch for nine years. He was involved in the building of McKinsey’s global business think-tank, mainly in helping both Japanese and western companies in their global strategies throughout Asia. He later became a partner at Booz-Allen & Hamilton and was placed in charge of China and South Korea. In 1997, he led the formulation of a long-term strategy for the South Korean economy in a research conducted by the Korean government.
He has been advising many companies on their global strategies and alliances within Asia. He has also served as a board member of the London Stock Exchange, AIM, NASDAQ, and private companies.
- MBA from INSEAD.
Yasuhito Hanado is a former professor (in charge of corporate financial accounting, IR strategy, corporate governance, global accounting, and master’s and doctoral program study projects) in the Graduate School of Commerce at Waseda Business School (WBS).
- Member of the planning committee of the Japan Investor Relations Association. Adviser to the Japan Academic Society of Investor Relations.
- Member of the National Investor Relations Institute (US).
- Member of the steering committee of the World Intellectual Capital/Assets Initiative.
Shuichi Matsuda is a professor emeritus of Waseda University.
He is the chairman of the board at WERU Investment Co., Ltd. His areas of specialty include accounting science, management auditing, and venture company growth theory. Shuichi is a former chairman of the Japan Academic Society for Ventures and Entrepreneurs (JASVE), is currently the Director of JASVE and Chairman of its Special Committee. He has also served as the Chairman and President of venture-related committees of government bodies including the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), as well as of academic-industrial alliances and the MOT consortium.
- Shuichi’s written works include Reading the Introduction to Business Seminar Company, Venture Company, Technology Venture, and Innovation of JAPAN Series1, 2, 3.
New Club of Paris
As the first Corporate Director of Intellectual Capital at Skandia Sweden, Leif Edvinsson established the theory of intellectual capital management and greatly contributed to Skandia's growth based on its intellectual capital. He has served as a professor at Lund University in Sweden, and the Honorary Chairman of the Henley Knowledge Management (KM) Forum in the UK. As a high-level expert for the European Commission, he oversaw the creation of an intellectual capital report. He is currently the President of the New Club of Paris.
- MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.