Satoru Manabe, the manager of Toyota’s global account management team, will become the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of colocation providers TELEHOUSE America and sister company KDDI America. Masaaki Nakanishi, the current President and CEO of the two colocation companies will retire as of April 1, 2014.
In his new role as President and CEO, Mr. Manabe will oversee activities and strategies for TELEHOUSE America and KDDI America, both part of colocation and telecom company KDDI, as well as the companies’ US subsidiaries, Locus and Total Call.
Satoru Manabe has an extensive background in executive management and company operations. He first joined KDDI Corporation in 1984 upon graduation with a Bachelors Degree in Laws from Kyoto University in Japan. After receiving a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from City University Business School in London, Mr. Manabe engaged in China business development and established three subsidiary companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Manabe served as President of KDDI China, and started Telehouse China in Beijing, and eventually, Telehouse China in Shanghai. From 2007 to 2010, he oversaw a KDDI and China Telecom joint venture company before heading the global account management team for Toyota Motor Corporation and its group companies from 2010-2014.
Enhance global reputation
The retired CEO, Masaaki Nakanishi, first joined TELEHOUSE America and KDDI America in October of 2011, moving from his prior position as Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Business for KDDI Corporation in Japan. Throughout his tenure in the United States, KDDI and TELEHOUSE America would have seen significant growth with US-based companies expanding data center and systems integration services.
“We are honored to welcome Satoru Manabe as our new CEO; his excellent credentials will contribute to our accelerated growth in emerging markets, worldwide,” said Hiroyasu Morishita, EVP of Sales and Marketing. “Mr. Manabe’s success in business operations in key markets such as China will enhance our companies’ reputation as a leading global colocation and network provider.”