Senior Consultant - Business Development
Masatoshi Hirakata serves as a senior
consultant liaison at KWR International, Inc. (KWR) in the United
Japan; a firm specializing in the delivery of research, communications,
business development, strategic alliance, consulting and advisory
services to public and private sector clients.
Drawing on his extensive experience in business development, channel
development, channel sales & marketing, and strategic planning,
Mr. Hirakata helps KWR clients to more fully understand, and to
establish their global strategic relationship with a wide range
of entities in Japan and other Asian Markets. In addition, Mr.
Hirakata works with Japanese and the US firms to enhance their
international operations and to plan and implement a wide range
of strategic and marketing initiatives around the world.
Prior to joining KWR, Mr. Hirakata served as Director of Business
Development Asia Pacific at Mainline Global Services. In this capacity,
he managed new business development in China and completed the
company registration, three-branch office opening, and the business
start-up infrastructure in China. He was also active in managing
the companies operations in Korea and Japan. Before joining Mainline
Global Services, Mr. Hirakata served at various positions with
IBM Japan and IBM Asia Pacific for more than 30 years. In this
capacity, he accumulated extensive experience and skills in channel
business development, channel marketing, strategic alliance development,
channel sales operations, and Route-To-Market services in the Asia
Pacific region. In addition, he was extensively involved in strategic
business planning, business case modeling, large systems product
planning, product pricing, and product sales and marketing for
major corporations and institutions. He also has extensive experience
in international operations gained through several international
assignments with IBM in the U.S. and other markets.
Mr. Hirakata is fluent in English and is a native Japanese speaker.
Mr. Hirakata holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics with honors
from Temple University and holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Electrical
and Electronics Engineering from Sophia University.
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