Satoshi Minamoto Chief Executive Officer
After graduating from Keio University, joined the finance department of Marubeni Corporation, and worked in financing for the head office, project financing for power and chemical plants' projects, trade financing for large scale ships and aircraft, credit collection for export payments, as well as foreign exchanges, option dealing, and other finance-related issues. Then returned to school at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the United States and earned an MBA.
At the same company's investment department, carried out exits from overseas joint financing subsidiaries, evaluated and implemented buyouts of investments, determined business plans for a private equity affiliate (I-Sigma Capital), and carried out sourcing and evaluation of investment opportunities as an investment manager.
After transfer to Advantage Partners, supervised the process of Daiei's acquisition, and engaged in restructuring and business rejuvenation in an advisory role at the management and planning head office. Sold off subsidiaries judged to not be part of the core of the business in order to promote selective project implementation and concentration of efforts. Also offered listing advice and performed finance system service at Yayoi Co., Ltd., one of the company's investments, and carried out operations such as building alliances, coordinating projects, and conducting stock sell-offs for the luxury restaurant company Hiramatsu (listing number 2764 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange).
After leaving his position at Marubeni, started Aphoris Inc., a company working mainly in personnel-related systems and digital contents. At Aphoris, concurrently held the two positions of representative director and CFO. As representative director, supervised the head office, handled online marketing, and evaluated company merger and acquisition concerns. As CFO, oversaw aspects such as finance, accounting, taxation, personnel, general business, and IR. Building the business from nothing up to sales of 600 million yen, constructed a management system which balanced all developmental stages optimally. Contributed to increasing sales through pull marketing making use of search engine optimization (SEO) and alliances with other companies. After selling off the company in March 2012, founded this company to invest in businesses with growth potential and offer management support. Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan. Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT), School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania.