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SPARK OF THE CORPORATE

Hard work and perseverance – the key to success...

He is not someone born with a silver spoon. He wasn’t one of those who inherited a multi-billion dollar conglomerate at birth. He earned his success with hard work, perseverance and smartness. Strong determination and striving for success is what keeps him achieving new feet in his professional life.

At the age of 59, he leads Hitachi Data Systems as the Chairman and Hitachi Solutions Ltd. as the President & the Chief Executive Officer. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is a company active in the IT industry in computer data storage systems business since 1989 which offers modular mid-range and high-end storage systems, related software and services. Hitachi Solutions Ltd., a core IT Company of the Hitachi Group, offers solutions to support social life and corporate activities, in diverse fields including the finance sector, the public & social sectors, the manufacturing industry and the distribution sector. He played major role in the globalization of these organizations.

His contribution to the success of the corporation is immense. His relentless efforts gave new heights to the organization in terms of growth and expansion of its business. At present, products of Hitachi Data Systems are sold in more than 170 countries and regions either through direct channels or through indirect channels. It is his effort that the organization has touched new levels of success. Under his leadership, in April 2012, Hitachi Solutions Group integrated three companies including Hitachi East Japan Solutions, Ltd., Hitachi Chugoku Solutions, Ltd., and Hitachi Solutions Kyushu, Ltd. It is his endeavor towards excellence that Hitachi Solutions Group aspires to become a comprehensive provider of hybrid and integrated solutions globally.

His business penetration, technological expertise and continuous efforts helped to achieve new level of success and also open up new avenues for growth and expansion of the IT giant Hitachi’s business and operation in the global market. A man of high technical competency firmly believes that technology is a key for enlightenment and betterment of humanity. Going by these humble principles he had thrived through stiff competition to carve a niche for himself and the pay checkers. The attitude of this magnum professional is much needed for everybody who needs to survive the flat world.

Early Days and Education

A native of Fukushima, Japan, Kaichiro Sakuma came to this universe on January 29, 1954. On March 1979, Mr. Kaichiro Sakuma graduated from Graduate School of Science, the University of Tokyo and holds a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Tokyo. Since then, there was no looking back. Such was his proficiency in academics; he joined Hitachi in April 1979, only a month after graduation.

The Spark

Kaichiro Sakuma started his career in April 1979, when he joined Hitachi ltd. His career took a turn when he was named, as Senior Manager of the Government and Public Corporation Information Systems Department IV, Government and Public Corporation Information Systems Division of Information and Telecommunication Systems Group in August 1999. Within months i.e. in February 2000, he was promoted to General Manager of Government and Public Corporation Information Systems Division of the Government and Public Corporation Information Systems Group. In April 2002, he became General Manager of Cross-Market Solution Division of the Information and Telecommunication Systems Group. Then he never looked back and became General Manager of Industrial Manufacturing and Services System Division of the Information and Telecommunication Systems Group in April 2005; served as Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of Strategy Planning and Development Office of the Information and Telecommunication Systems Group starting from March 2006.

Kaichiro Sakuma’s professional life took a giant leap when he was titled as Senior Executive Vice President of Hitachi Data Systems Solutions Holding Corporation in April 2007. With this, his roles and responsibilities grew in the corporation where he excelled with his performance. In a year’s time, in April 2008, he became the President and the Chief Executive officer of Hitachi Information and Telecommunication Systems Global Holding Corporation and was responsible for the corporation’s IT business operations in the United States.

Kaichiro Sakuma took the responsibility of the System Solutions Business, Information and Telecommunication Systems Company as Vice President and Executive Officer, and the Chief Executive Officer starting from April 2009. His success story continued and he took the responsibility of the IT platform business globally as Vice President and Executive Officer and led the Platform Systems Business of the Information and Telecommunication Systems Company as the Chief Executive Officer starting from April 2010.

He ascended to the position of Chairman of the Board of Hitachi Data Systems in April 2012. Looking at his career and achievements, it is quite obvious that Kaichiro Sakuma had always given his best and strived to achieve corporate objectives and goals of Hitachi Ltd. and success came in his way kissing his feet.

Journey with Hitachi Data Systems

Focusing on his current roles and responsibilities as the Chairman of Hitachi Data Systems and President and the Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Solutions Ltd., Kaichiro Sakuma resigned from the position of the Chief Executive Officer of Platform System Business, Information and Telecommunication Systems Company on March 31, 2013. He also served as Vice President of Babcock-Hitachi K.K.; Vice President of Hitachi Ltd. starting from April 1, 2009 until March 31, 2013; and Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi America, Ltd. until March 31, 2013.

At present, he also serves as Managing Executive Officer at Hitachi Ltd., Corporate Director of Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions, Corp., and Representative Director, the President and the Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.

His success and career growth speaks volumes about his leadership skills, management skills and decision making abilities. He is a man of vision and aspires to touch new glory in his life through the success of the organizations flourishing under his leadership. He never stops in his path and continues to excel in whatever that is expected of him. Only few have the zeal and determination to carry forward their career with such glory and Mr. Kaichiro Sakuma is definitely one of those.

Hitachi Solutions is poised to set up an Indian arm by the end of this year and will be setting up three global development centers in Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. The company has been expanding at a rapid pace and this elucidates how Mr. Kaichiro Sakuma has plotted a steady growth plan for his company. He has indeed been instrumental in moving the company forward with much skill and indulgence.

Career Highlights
Right after graduating from The University of Tokyo in March 1979, Mr. Kaichiro Sakuma joined Hitachi in April 1979.
In August 1999, Mr. Kaichiro was made the Senior Manager of Government and Public Corporation Information Systems Department in the Information and Telecommunications Systems Group.
In early 2000, he was promoted as the General Manager of Government and Public Corporation Information Systems of the Government and Public Corporation Information Systems Group.
In April 2002, Mr. Kaichiro became the General Manager of Cross-Market Solution Division of the Information and Telecommunications Systems Group.
His next leap on the career ladder came three years later in 2005. In April 2005, he was made the General Manager of another division inside the same group, the Industrial Manufacturing and Services System Division.
A year later, the company relied on him to make crucial decisions regarding the company’s business maneuvers and made him the Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager of the Strategy Planning and Development Office.
2008 was a big year for Mr. Kaichiro. His career graph shot upwards to greater heights when he was made the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hitachi Information and Telecommunication Systems (Hitachi ITS) Global Holding Corporation.
From April 2009, he served as the Vice President of Hitachi Limited and Vice President and Executive Officer of Hitachi America Limited and continued to serve till the end of March 2013. He also served as Vice President of Babcock-Hitachi K.K.
Mr. Kaichiro Sakuma serves as Corporate Director of Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corporation.

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