10.05.2018

Gojo appoints new COO, Principal and Country Representative

We are pleased to announce that Gojo recently filled three important positions, that of COO, Principal and Country Representative in Myanmar.

Mr. Takefumi Uda joins Gojo as COO from late May 2018. Prior to joining Gojo, Mr.Uda was part of the senior management team and the driving force behind Sushiro, contributing to the company becoming the most successful sushi restaurant operator in Japan. During the 7 years at Sushiro, Mr. Uda was engaged in business planning, handled HR for 35,000+ employees, involved in IT and quality assurance among others. Microfinance and restaurant operation has much similarity in that the quality of front-line staff is the most important part to make the business successful.

Mr. Kuniaki Sanui joined us as Principal in April 2018. Mr. Sanui has 13 years’ experience in the finance and private equity industry, including Mizuho Bank and J-Will Partners, and 3 years at the Boston Consulting Group. His extensive experience is expected to contribute to our fundraising, investment and management support among others. Currently, he is working on fundraising activities within Japan.

Mr. Shun Ito joins Gojo as the Country Representative in Myanmar from June 2018. Mr. Ito used to be a management consultant at Roland Berger and has been determined to join us out of his passion to work for the people of Myanmar. He speaks Japanese, English and Burmese, a rare and perfect combination for a company like Gojo. He will reside in Myanmar with his family members.

Passionate and capable people are the most important competitive edge for finance business, and we are pleased to have them on board. We continue to recruit talented people to achieve our vision and mission to make the Private Sector World Bank.

Takefumi Uda | Chief Operating Officer

After graduating from Osaka University, Takefumi started his consulting career; first as a product development consultant for manufacturing companies at Information Services International-Dentsu and then as a management consultant at A. T. Kearney. After that, he joined Akindo Sushiro, a family sushi restaurant, first as a consultant and then as the Executive Officer and worked as one of the 4 management members of the company. He managed corporate planning, marketing, HR, quality assurance and IT of the company and built organizational & operational foundations to run problem-solving at all level of the company, enabling its sustainable growth. At Sushiro, Takefumi was the driving force of the company’s growth, contributing to transforming Sushiro to be the leading company in the industry. His strength is to develop business foundations and HR system for a “people business” where the quality of the front-line staff works as the competitive edge. He is a part-time lecturer at Rikkyo University Business Leadership Program.

Kuniaki Sanui | Principal

After having 13 years experience in the finance industry and 3 years at management consulting, Kuniaki joined Gojo in 2018 as a Principal mainly working for fundraising activity inside Japan. After graduating from Hitotsubashi University, he started his career at Mizuho Bank in 2003. After then he joined J-Will Partners, a leading PE fund in Japan in 2006, and worked on investment and management support activities for Japanese enterprises. In 2013 he joined the Boston Consulting Group and was involved in various management consulting projects for manufacturers, transportation companies and media corporations. Prior to Gojo, he worked at Ant Capital Partners, engaging in private equity investments. He loves fishing and spends the weekend in a house located in a coastal area nearby Kamakura.

Shun Ito | Country Representative, Myanmar

After studying at Keio University, Faculty of Economics, and graduating from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Shun joined Roland Berger and worked in the Japan and Singapore Offices. As a management consultant, he was involved in multiple projects across Southeast Asia. As a freelance consultant, Shun worked in rural Japan in Akita for a local supermarket chain. His early childhood was spent in the UK and Brazil. Proficient in English and Japanese, he also has basic Burmese skills. Tennis is his favourite sport. During an earlier stint in Myanmar, Shun ordained at a Buddhist monastery and practiced meditation.

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