Transition from Systems Engineering to Operations Management
I currently work for Google as a partner manager, and I take care of operations strategy formulations for the company. Since I started my career, I have always been interested in working for a small-sized companies where I could take on a bigger role. After working as a systems engineer for a financial company, I transitioned to the technology industry. And when I joined Google, it was still a small-sized company, and many of us played multiple roles to support rapidly growing business.
I got to know about Ito Corporation when I was a student at Columbia Business School in New York. There were only two Japanese students in our class; the other Japanese classmate was Mr. Ito, who is now the CEO of Ito Corporation. He told me of his passion to lead business transformation for the company with 60+ years of history, and I found his vision fascinating. Later, the company reached out to me with an offer to be a part of the Ito team, and I happily accepted. That is how I became an outside director for the company back in 2013.