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Eric WhitewayRepresentative Director, CEO
Prior to founding Cogent Labs, Eric Whiteway was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for 16 years where he led Risk Trading and Proprietary Algorithmic Trading in Japan. An alumnus of Columbia University, he studied Computer Science and Operations Research. Excited by the advances and prospects of Deep Learning and its potential applications, Eric founded Cogent Labs in 2014.
Kyoji KimotoDirector, Executive Vice President, Sales
Kyoji Kimoto has 20 years of experience in auditing, financial consulting and corporate investment, including a tenure at Deloitte Tohmatsu FAS and Deutsche Securities, as well as founding a financial advisory business. Since becoming independent, he has provided support and consulting services for numerous IPOs and has managed more than 50 M&A deals up to date, and has diverse knowledge in finance and management. He has been an auditor of Cogent Labs since 2016, a Director and CFO since 2018, and was appointed as Director and Executive Vice President in February 2021.
Min Suk SongDirector, Executive Vice President, Global Business
Min Suk Song previously worked at Samsung Electronics for 17 years, leading various AI R&D projects as Principal Engineer, and utilizing advanced academic research in practical and scalable commercial services. He holds a MS (Master of Science) in Computer Science from Columbia University as well as a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Indiana University.
After graduating from university, Henry Yang was involved in his family’s real estate and aviation business in Asia, and has an extensive network and industry expertise. Henry joined Cogent Labs as Director in July 2016, and in addition to implementing fundraising with financial institutions and global investors, he also promotes overseas business expansion mainly in Asia.
Ikhyun Lim has 10 years of experience in sales and management of multibillion-yen businesses, mainly in the IT industry. In 2014, he was appointed as Director of the Japan Office of Samsung Electronics Japan Venture Investment, and has since invested in numerous venture companies in Japan. He has extensive experience and an investment history in diverse fields such as IT, AI, manufacturing, materials, and Fintech. He joined Cogent Labs as Outside Director in June 2019.
After graduating from Faculty of Economics at Keio University in 1975, Shigeru Matsuura joined Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Bank), where he held positions as Branch Manager of Nihonbashi Branch, Lottery Manager, and full-time Audit & Supervisory Board Member. Later in his career, he moved on to lead multiple businesses as Senior Managing Director and Executive Vice President at a number of corporations such as UC Card Co., Ltd. and Japan Hades Co., Ltd. He joined Cogent Labs as Outside director in September 2020.
Keiji ToriiAudit & Supervisory Board Member
After joining Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. (currently Mizuho Bank) in 1971, Keiji Torii studied at business schools in London and Switzerland, earning an MBA. He has held a number of important positions, including Managing Director of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. from 2000, Representative Director & Deputy President of Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. from 2004, and Director & Deputy President of Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc. from 2005. He has also served as Audit & Supervisory Board Member of ITOCHU Corporation and Director Board Member of Tokyo Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Ltd., and as Executive Advisor to Salesforce.Com. Torii joined Cogent Labs as Audit & Supervisory Board Member in March 2019.
Aki KondoAudit & Supervisory Board Member
Akatsuki Kondo was registered as a lawyer in 2007. After working at a law firm in Tokyo for about seven years, he opened his own law firm, Akatsuki Kondo & Associates, in 2014. He has been active in a wide range of fields, including general corporate matters, IT/internet, intellectual property , labor cases, real estate cases, debt collection, business restructuring and bankruptcy. His main focus has been on consumer law-related matters (Consumer Contract Act, Installment Sales Act, Specified Commercial Transactions Act, Act Against Unjustifiable Premiums and Misleading Representations, PL Act, Personal Information Protection Act, etc.). He was appointed as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Cogent Labs in March 2018.
Mamoru YamamotoAudit & Supervisory Board Member
In 1981, Mamoru Yamamoto joined the Tokyo Office of Auditing Firm Asahi Accounting Corporation (now KPMG AZSA LLC). He has worked with a wide range of companies, from startups to global enterprises, on accounting audits, business restructuring, IPOs, M&A, and internal controls, and was appointed partner in 1995. In 2018, he established Nihonbashi Accounting Service Inc. and assumed the position of President and Representative Director. He was appointed as an Audit & Supervisory Board Member of Cogent Labs in June 2019.
Tokio OtsukaExecutive Officer, Senior Vice President, Product Management and Marketing
At Canon Marketing Japan, Tokio Otsuka led business as Product Manager of various business applications. At Canon IT Solutions, he has held several leadership positions, including head of the development and business division for the software product line. He has over 35 years of experience in the IT solutions business in Japan and the U.S., including experience in research business in the US bay area and as Vice President of IT companies in New York, and joined Cogent Labs in November 2020, where he was appointed as Executive Officer and Senior Vice President in February 2021.
Fumitaka OsumiExecutive Officer, Vice President, Office of CEO
After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 2008, he joined the investment management department of Deutsche Bank Group, where he was involved in equity investments. In 2011, he joined the educational NPO, Learning for All, and contributed to the foundation of Teach for Japan by taking lead in fundraising and marketing. In 2014, he started his study on management in the social sector at Yale School of Management with a Fulbright Scholarship. He joined Cogent Labs in 2016, where he was in charge of fundraising and investor relations as Head of Corporate Planning, and also contributed to the establishment of administrative departments. He transferred to Office of CEO and was appointed as Executive Officer in February 2021.
Ayan RayExecutive Officer, Vice President, Research and Development
After graduating from university in 2009, Ayan worked mainly in software consulting for Google, Hewlett Packard, and YouTube, going on to work at the mobile gaming startup Funzio (acquired by GREE, Inc. in 2012) as software engineer. After launching his own business, he joined Yahoo’s Flickr in 2014, working on a backend team to build AI-powered functions. He joined Cogent Labs in 2017 where he took part in research, engineering and project management. After leading the engineering department, he was appointed as Head of R&D in 2020 and Executive Officer and Vice President in February of 2021. He holds a MS from Oxford University and an MBA from Quantic Business School.
Shigemasa ShibataExecutive Officer, Vice President, Sales
In 1978, Shigemasa Shibata joined Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and after moving to New York, joined Sumitomo Trust and Banking (now Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited) in 1989, where he was in charge of corporate sales. In 2007, he became Customer Group Information Development Officer, Deputy Director of Customer Group Private Banking and Investment Sales, and Deputy Executive Officer of Customer Group Products. From 2012, as a Senior Director of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited, he was responsible for providing complete solutions across SMTB's business divisions. He has been Advisor since February 2020, and was appointed as Executive Officer, Vice President of Sales in April 2021.
Kazuyuki joined Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT Group) in 1978, and engaged in a wide range of roles including SE, Sales and Marketing. In 2004, he was appointed Director of NTT Data, and subsequently Director and Managing Executive Officer of NTT Data in 2007. He has driven exponential growth, leading new customer acquisition and new business development for the manufacturing, distribution, and service industries. In addition to his experience in numerous M&As and leadership positions, Kazuyuki has a strong background in the IT industry in fields including AI, IoT, and Cloud technologies. Kazuyuki joined Cogent Labs as Advisor in August 2020.
|Company Name||Cogent Labs Inc.|
|Directors and Executive Officers||
|Description of Business||Research and development of advanced artificial intelligence and provision of related solution services.|
|Capital||4,502.5 million yen (including reserves)|
|Location||Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower 36F 3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan|
|Major Shareholders||SBI Investment Co., Ltd. Kiwoom Investment. Kyoto Information Processing Service Co., Ltd. TIS Inc. TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. Nomura Holdings, Inc. Mizuho Bank, Ltd. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited. NCORE VENTURES. K2 Investment Partners LLC. Metaplanet Holdings.|
|Customers||ACRODEA, INC. RPA Technologies Inc. Canon Marketing Japan Inc. SIGMAXYZ Inc. SBI Sumishin Net Bank, Ltd. Saison Information Systems Co., Ltd. SoftBank Corp. Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd. TOPPAN FORMS CO., LTD. NCR Japan,Ltd. Nomura Securities Co.,Ltd.|
Sumitomo Fudosan Roppongi Grand Tower 36F 3-2-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan