MEMBERS

Message from President

Muneharu Kitade President, Representative Director and CEO (Founder)

-Leading the Future of RETAIL-

Today, the environment surrounding retail stores has reached a major turning point as a result of decrease in the labor population and technological evolution such as Smartphone, AI, and IoT. Though the needs of seamless online-offline integrated services or shift to man-saving / unmanned operation, which are described as Digital Transformation, OMO (Online Merges with Offline) or retail tech came to light, it is hard to move to a new paradigm only by the retailers.

To solve issues retailers are facing, AWL focuses on existing “security camera” which is already installed in store. Security cameras are installed to record footage of crime scene or accident. But we found that we can make big innovation happen by re-defining the security camera as “Input Device to Complement Human Eyes and Brain”.

Utilizing existing security camera in store, “AWL BOX”, our unique AI edge device analyzes video data in real time. Through connecting the data with human who are working in the store, we successfully contribute to reduce the burden. Also, we could establish new value-creating platform which seamlessly integrates online and offline by connecting the analysis result and the online data.

With this AI camera platform as a key and collaboration with various partners, we are determined to keep challenging to Lead the Future of RETAIL through maximizing the value of physical stores.

With this AI camera platform as a key and collaboration with various partners, we are determined to keep challenging to Lead the Future of RETAIL through maximizing the value of physical stores.

Muneharu Kitade is the Founder and President of AWL, which he started by meeting co-founder Professor Hidenori Kawamura, Hokkaido University.
Muneharu, a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience, most recently was the Board of Directors of GMO Marketing Inc. Prior to GMO Marketing, he served as General Manager of Media Division at livedoor Co.,Ltd. Before livedoor, he joined Gaba Corporation and led the company to go public on 2006, by digital learning and marketing strategies.
Muneharu has multiple experiences leading successful tech start-ups, since he was a university student. After receiving his B.A., he started his career as a Business Consultant in Washington DC, and Market Researcher at a record label in NYC.

Directors

土田 安紘 Yasuhiro Tsuchida

Yasuhiro Tsuchida

Director and CTO (Patent Attorney)

Yasuhiro Tsuchida is the Director and CTO of AWL, oversees the company’s global Research and Development on Artificial Intelligence Technology and is responsible for developing the analytical frameworks that shape the company’s business. Sensed the advent of new AI era, Yasuhiro joined AWL to open up the global market from his hometown Hokkaido on the frontline of AI business as an industry leader. Before joining AWL, Yasuhiro served in senior leadership roles at Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. now Panasonic Corporation. Most recently, he served 5 years as Director of New Business Development in Panasonic Silicon Valley LAB to accelerate mobile O2O Commerce. Prior to Silicon Valley LAB, Yasuhiro led multiple core new business development projects in Corporate R&D Division.
Yasuhiro began his engineering career at Mobile Communications Company where he developed middleware platform for NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest carrier. He received his master’s degree in Computer Science from Hokkaido University Graduate School. He is also a qualified Japanese Patent Attorney from 2009.

田中 清貴 Kiyotaka Tanaka

Kiyotaka Tanaka

Director and CSO

Kiyotaka Tanaka is the Director since September 2019 and CSO, oversees AWL’s engineering organization which drives the core services for the company. Kiyotaka joined AWL, founding it is rewarding as an engineer to develop AI solutions in cooperation with SATUDORA and broadly implement the technology in society. Kiyotaka everyday feels honored that he is able to make users who actually engage in the retail industry and their customer pleased and make things more convenient for them through our service. Before joining AWL, Kiyotaka served as Director of Digital Marketing Solutions at IOIX Co., Ltd. where he successfully developed new businesses and was promoted CEO of E-commerce joint company of Laforet HARAJUKU. Kiyotaka also has multiple experiences leading successful Tech Start-ups, including Navigation Apps, Big Data, DMP, AI and server development. Kiyotaka began his engineering career developing middleware for mega supermarket POS systems, in 2000 he started to work for internet business, launched E-commerce businesses, platform technology and digital marketing solutions.

富山 浩樹 Hiroki Tomiyama

Hiroki Tomiyama

Director and CMO

Hiroki Tomiyama is the Director and CMO of AWL, and the President and CEO of SATUDORA HOLDINGS CO., LTD., which he started in 2016 and also the President and Representative Director of SAPPORO DRUG STORE CO.,LTD. since October, 2015. Hiroki is devoting every effort to create the New Business Models.
His innovative ideas in Retail Marketing and Chain-store operation has successfully accelerated the growth SATUDORA group. Renaming the brand to “SATUDORA” to maximize inbound marketing from the spring of 2016. Based on the concept to “Bring Communities Together, Bring Japan to the Future” and with the vision to “Make a Shift from Drugstore Business to Community-connected Business”, Hiroki is challenging to establish next-generation eco system “EZOCA”, a major Local Loyalty Program based in Hokkaido. Hiroki joined SAPPORO DRUG STORE CO., LTD. from October 2007, working in various marketing and strategy positions.
Hiroki began his career at a daily goods wholesale trading company and worked in Fukushima and Tokyo after receiving his B.A. from a university in Sapporo. Born and grown up also in Sapporo, he is the Local Business Hero of Hokkaido.

Senior Technical Advisor

川村 秀憲 Hidenori Kawamura

Hidenori Kawamura Ph.D (Engineering)

Professor (Engineering) at Hokkaido University, Senior Technical Advisor (Founder)

Hidenori Kawamura is the Founder and Senior Technical Advisor of AWL. He is also the leader of “SAPPORO AI LAB” committee, to transform Hokkaido into a global leader in AI research, training, and industry. Hidenori was promoted to Professor, Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering, Division of Computer Science and Information Technology, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University from 2016. Prior to this role, Hidenori has been Associate professor of Laboratory of Harmonious Systems Engineering since 2016. During 2007 to 2008 he served as the Overseas Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and was the Visiting Scholar of University of Michigan. He was awarded as the Research Fellowship for Young Scientist from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 1999. Hidenori received his Ph.D. degree in Systems and Information Engineering, from Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Hokkaido University. Born and grown up in Hokkaido, he is one of the most impressive professors in Hokkaido.

Staff

高橋 誠 Makoto Takahashi

Makoto Takahashi

Senior Project Manager

東洋 武士 Takeshi Toyo

Takeshi Toyo

Senior Project Manager

Rentería Rochín Francisco

Rentería Rochín Francisco

Senior Project Manager

土田 美那 Mina Tsuchida

Mina Tsuchida

Director of Corporate Business Strategy & Operations

渡部 弘人 Hiroto Watanabe

Hiroto Watanabe

Senior Project Manager

Ghourabi Fadoua 博士(工学) Ghourabi Fadoua Ph.D (Engineering)

Ghourabi Fadoua
Ph.D (Engineering)

Senior AI Researcher

廣瀬 優二 Yuji Hirose

Yuji Hirose

Chief Solution Engineer

氏家 要 Kaname Ujiie

Kaname Ujiie

Chief Solution Engineer

石堂 慎介 Shinsuke Ishido

Shinsuke Ishido

Senior Programmer

半澤 寛典 Hironori Hanzawa

Hironori Hanzawa

Senior Development Manager

藤松 純沙 Azusa Fujimatu

Azusa Fujimatu

Corporate staff

佐藤 圭 Kei Sato

Kei Sato

AI Engineer

史 興 Xing Shi

Xing Shi

AI Engineer

Kale Someshwar

Kale Someshwar

AI Engineer

Tushar

Tushar

AI Engineer

Mehta Naman

Mehta Naman

AI Engineer

Gatchenko Viktor

Gatchenko Viktor

AI Engineer

Joshi Manas

Joshi Manas

AI Engineer

Floriach Pigem Marti

Floriach Pigem Marti

Solution Engineer

千葉 祐貴 Yuki Chiba

Yuki Chiba

AI Solution Planner

大森 悠平 Yuhei Omori

Yuhei Omori

AI Engineer

打田 由希 Yuki Uchida

Yuki Uchida

Corporate staff

Zuckerman Mika

Zuckerman Mika

Project Manager

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