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As of April 1, 2018


Koji Takaichi

President, Chief Executive Officer
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Mr. Koji Takaichi joined Hitachi, Ltd. in 1983. During the course of his over 33 year career, Mr. Takaichi has had extensive experience leading sales and marketing initiatives, particularly in Hitachi’s steel and chemicals production areas, in its consumer business and in the development of the company’s new energy and smart grid business. Mr. Takaichi’s prior experience also includes previous assignments in the U.S. and China.

Recently, Mr. Takaichi played a critical role in developing Hitachi’s new solutions business related to the mining industry, starting in 2012, as a Managing Director in the Global Mining Business Division, the Social Innovation Business Division of Hitachi, Ltd. Through his significant efforts, the company launched innovative solutions that are highly effective in solving mining customers’ challenges. These new solutions utilize a wide range of Hitachi’s unique technologies and products, from advanced Heavy Mobile Equipment for excavation and haulage to sophisticated IT systems that improve the efficiency and utilization of mine assets and optimize energy usage.

In 2017, Mr. Takaichi was appointed as Hitachi America, Ltd.’s President and CEO, based in Santa Clara, CA. His extensive experience proves instrumental for accelerating Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business in the U.S. market.

Prior to joining Hitachi, Mr. Takaichi graduated from the School of Economics, Nagoya University, Japan.

Executive Committee

Levent Arabaci

Corporate Officer
GM, Global Human Capital Division
Hitachi Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd.

Levent Arabaci has over 20 years of experience in management and currently has a dual role as General Manager of Human Capital Group at Hitachi Ltd. and Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Hitachi America Ltd. Arabaci is responsible for driving and executing the HR vision and strategy for Hitachi, Ltd.'s 350,000+ employees worldwide. Prior to Hitachi Ltd., Arabaci served as a SVP, Human Resources at Hitachi Data Systems, one of the major global subsidiaries of Hitachi, Ltd. Prior to Hitachi, Ltd. Arabaci held senior level positions at Cisco Systems Inc., Nestle, and Pepsi Co. in multiple functions such as operations, finance, internal audit and primarily human resources. His unique background brings a business acumen that is unusual among human resources professionals.

Arabaci holds a Master’s degree in General Management from the University of Istanbul, and a MBA in Marketing from the California State University, San Bernardino. He is a member of various advisory boards and earned awards and recognition for the work he has produced in various positions during his career. The awards include the Best Plan Effectiveness in 2002 and the Best Use of Technology in 2003 from the Global Equity Organization (GEO) for the systems and programs he designed in the field of compensation. He also received the "Global HR Leadership" award from the Asia Pacific HRM Congress in 2008 for his contribution to the HR field and exemplary leadership in the global landscape. In May 2009, Arabaci received the “Functional Excellence in HR” from the HR Symposium in the Silicon Valley for the work he produced in the areas of HR Shared Services and business partnership.


Patrick J. Barrett

SVP, General Counsel
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Patrick J. Barrett is Senior Vice President and has been General Counsel of HAL since January 1, 2008. Barrett is responsible for overseeing HAL’s Legal and Import/Export functions and acts as the Company’s Compliance Officer. Barrett joined HAL in March 1986 and has held positions of increasing responsibility within the Company. Although the Legal Group provides a full range of in-house legal and import/export services to HAL and certain affiliates, Barrett has particular expertise in several legal areas including: Antitrust/Trade Regulation; Legal and Business Ethics Compliance; Employment Law; Commercial Law; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Corporate Re-organizations; Mergers, Acquisitions and Joint Ventures; Transfer Pricing and related issues; and, the establishment and growth of new businesses.

Barrett is an alumnus of Fairfield University (BA – History) and Fordham University School of Law (JD), where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. Prior to his employment by HAL, Barrett worked as a litigator for Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in NYC.


Masanao Iwata

Hitachi America, Ltd.

Masa Iwata has over 20 years of experience in finance. Currently Iwata is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hitachi America, Ltd. In this role, Iwata is responsible for corporate strategy and all corporate finance activities including financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, treasury, internal control, and risk management. Iwata is also a member of Executive Committee, Compensation Committee, and, Retirement Committee of the company. Iwata also serves as a board member of several Hitachi companies including Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc. and Hitachi America Capital, Ltd.

Iwata initially joined Hitachi, Ltd., parent company of Hitachi America, Ltd., in 1995. Iwata started his career with Hitachi America, Ltd. in 2002 and has served as Division Controller of the Server business and Corporate Finance Director. Prior to his current role, Iwata was Vice President Finance and Corporate Controller of the company.

Iwata received his B.A. in Business and Accounting from Doshisha University in Japan.


Albert Matias

Hitachi America, Ltd.

Albert Matias has more than 20 years of management experience and is currently Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer of the Value Chain Integration Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. Matias is responsible for overseeing Regional Headquarter procurement functions and strategy. He also leads high-value procurement activities for Hitachi Americas Group companies and collaborates with other global Hitachi Group Regional Headquarters to drive social innovation strategies. Throughout his Hitachi career he has held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to Hitachi, Matias was an International Relations Manager at the Computer Institute of Japan and General Manager at CIJ America, Inc.

Matias holds a B.A. degree in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine.


George Saikalis

Global Center for Social Innovation – North America
Hitachi America, Ltd.

George Saikalis has over 25 years of experience in research and management. He is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and General Manager of the Hitachi America, Ltd., R&D Division, Global Center of Social Innovation - North America. Saikalis is responsible for leading the Hitachi R&D group in the Americas with strategic locations in Santa Clara, Detroit and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The laboratories' research covers a wide area of topics including transportation, energy, resource exploration including O&G, mining, healthcare, finance and agriculture. The emphasis is on social innovation for advancing society.

Saikalis holds a B.S.E.E. in Electrical & Computer engineering, an M.S.E.E. in Control & Power Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Saikalis is the inventor and co-inventor of over 25 United States issued patents and has written and presented papers for the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


Ashish Sanghrajka

Americas and EMEA
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Ashish Sanghrajka is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Hitachi America, Ltd. and is currently responsible for corporate IT for Americas and EMEA. Through the IT organization Sanghrajka is also responsible for providing IT shared services to Hitachi group companies across multiple geographies and diversified industries. Sanghrajka is also heavily involved in the globalization of Hitachi corporate IT and integration of services and organizations. Prior to his current role, Sanghrajka held several leadership roles across various aspects of IT Functions including Enterprise Business Solutions, Shared Services, IT and Business Operations. Before joining Hitachi, Sanghrajka worked with an IT consulting company working with customers across various industries.

Sanghrajka earned a B.S. degree in Business from the University of Bombay, a Cost and Management Accountant degree from the University of Bombay, an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Bombay and an M.S. degree in Business Administration from the California State University East Bay.

Sales & Service Divisions

Scott Straka

Industrial and Infrastructure Systems Division
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Scott Straka is Vice President and General Manager of the Infrastructure and Industrial Systems Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. Straka has over 29 years in the Power and Industrial market segments with a proven track record of achievements. Straka is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of sales and business development policies, objectives and initiatives for the IISD division of HAL. Straka joined Hitachi America, Ltd. in 1996 and has held positions of increasing responsibility. The division’s products and services include: Motors, Generators, Compressors, Pumps, Inverters and Water Business Products.

Straka graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Prior to joining Hitachi America, Ltd, Scott worked for Sulzer Bingham Pumps.


Tommy Yoshikawa

Industrial Components & Equipment Division
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Tommy Yoshikawa has over 25 year of experience in management and is currently Vice President and General Manager for the Industrial Components & Equipment Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. In this role, Yoshikawa is responsible for leading this division in the Americas; contributing to various industries with its reliable, efficient and easy-to-use products such as Continuous Inkjet Printers, Scroll/Screw Air Compressors, Variable Frequency Drives as well as others.

Yoshikawa also serves as CEO for the Marking & Coding businesses, Hitachi Industrial Equipment Marking Solutions, Inc. in Elk Grove Village IL and Label House in Irvine, CA.

Yoshikawa joined Hitachi in 1991. He received his B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo and his MSBA from the College of Business at San Francisco State University.


Hiroshi Murakawa

Digital Solutions Division
Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hiroshi Murakawa has over 30 years of experience in management in the Hitachi Group, having held various roles in several regions. Currently Murakawa is Vice President and General Manager of the Digital Solutions Division of Hitachi America, Ltd. where he is responsible for managing the division. In addition, Murakawa focuses on the hardware with IoT solutions for Industry, School, Retailor and consumer as a bridge to Hitachi America’s IoT strategy and platform. Murakawa is also a representative of the U.S. sales office function of 4 Japanese Business Groups and Companies: Hitachi Industry & Distribution Group, Hitachi Consumer Marketing Inc., Hitachi Maxell Ltd. and Hitachi Joei Tech Co. His responsibilities include total business coordination, products sales, after service for products, procurement, and logistics from overseas to the U.S. customers.

Prior to his current role, Murakawa was with the Consumer Video Products business and the Urban Development System Business Group and Infrastructure Business Group in Japan, in charge of Security Products on a worldwide basis. In addition Murakawa had a special assignment to establish a new manufacturing and sales company for Security products in China.

Murakawa holds a Law degree from Aoyama Gakuin University.