|Name in Japanese :||株式会社スマートドライブ|
|Established :||2013 / 10|
|CEO :||Retsu Kitagawa (北川 烈)|
|Capital :||1,140 Million Yen|
|Address :||WeWork Shinbashi
Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
|Business :||Development and provision of hardware, applications, telematics services, etc., and data collection & analysis|
SmartDrive's data platform works with various external data sources and services to support the future of mobility, giving rise to new experiences and services.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Retsu Kitagawa
While still at Keio University, Retsu gained insight into the launching and growth of businesses. After studying abroad in the United States for one year, he enrolled in graduate school at The University of Tokyo where he studied data analysis with an emphasis in vehicle traffic. During that time, Retsu became fascinated by the various uses for driving data, electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and the future of driving technology. This prompted him to found SmartDrive while still attending The University of Tokyo.
Executive OfficerHiroki Motogaito, Ph.D.
Hiroki earned his doctorate degree in Engineering from Osaka University, majoring in Statistical Analysis. After conducting accounting and internal control audits at a large auditing corporation, he joined a major social game company and was responsible for various data analysis efforts. Since January of 2015, Hiroki has been in charge of data analysis and business planning at SmartDrive.
Executive Officer, Head of HR & PRYuichiro Nagai
Yuichiro received his Master’s Degree in Counseling at The University of Central Florida, followed by an MBA from The University of Tsukuba. After working as a recruiting consultant in recruiting firms, he joined Google and worked on engineering recruitment for the APAC region for 5 years. In February of 2015, he joined SmartDrive and is in charge of human resources and public relations.
Chief Design Officer (CDO)Gunnar Lockwood
After more than ten years of design experience spanning enterprise, consumer, print, digital, and branding, Gunnar joined SmartDrive in 2014 as the first employee. He creates and/or manages all SmartDrive visual and brand related communication including UX/UI, hardware, and others.
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