Managing Director and Vice President
With a background in electrical engineering, Shigeru embarked on a dynamic career journey that has led to significant accomplishments in the technology and optimization sector.
Following his university education, Shigeru joined Hewlett Packard Japan, where he made his mark in the marketing department by pioneering the AI market in Japan. His innovative efforts laid the foundation for advancements in the field.
Subsequently, Shigeru assumed the sales representative role at Bechtel Japan, focusing on expanding sales of AI-related products and 3D simulation systems tailored for architectural applications. His dedication to sales extended to real-time Graphical User Interface tools for control system manufacturers.
Building on his extensive sales experience, Shigeru joined ILOG Japan as a sales manager. Here, he played a pivotal role in developing the sales of CPLEX, a mathematical optimization solver, and Business Rule Management System products. His expertise also encompassed solution sales, coupled with consulting services.
In 2005, Shigeru ascended to Country Manager at ILOG Japan. Following IBM's acquisition of ILOG in 2008, he transitioned to IBM Japan to oversee the business transfer process.
2010, Shigeru took the entrepreneurial leap by establishing October Sky Co. Ltd.
Under his leadership, October Sky became the exclusive distributor of Gurobi Optimizer in Japan, marking the beginning of a successful partnership.
In June 2023, October Sky was acquired by Gurobi Optimization, LLC, becoming a valued member of the Gurobi group of companies.
Today, Shigeru holds the esteemed position of Managing Director of October Sky – A Gurobi Company, where he continues to drive the optimization business forward and contributes significantly to the company's success. His career journey is a testament to his passion for technology and ability to navigate complex business landscapes.