Nobuhiro (Nob) Seki
President and CEONobuhiro (Nob) Seki, President and CEO, has led the acquisition of Movable Type and Six Apart brand in January 2011 from SAY Media, who acquired Six Apart in November 2010. Previously, he was served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Japan at Six Apart from December 2003 to January 2011. Prior to joining Six Apart, he was engaged in business development at Nikkei Business Publications after serving as Staff Editor contributing to Nikkei Computer for several years. Seki graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.S. in Engineering and received an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University.
Executive Corporate Officer and COOHajime Koga graduated from the School of Italian Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. He worked in sales for several major foreign-affliated software companies, including Lotus, IBM Japan's software division (head of business partner marketing) and Intuit. While he was a company executive (in charge of sales) at Intuit he took part in the 2003 MBO, and moved to an executive position (in charge of sales) at Yayoi Co., Ltd. He then came to Six Apart in 2004. He currently holds the position of Executive Corporate Officer, and primarily oversees sales and marketing.
Corporate Officer, ProductAs Six Apart's Corporate Officer of Product, Tsukasa is responsible for Six Apart's product marketing and management. Prior to joining Six Apart, he held a variety of positions in sales, engineering, product marketing and business development for such companies as Opera Software, Mitsui & Co., Openwave Systems and Digital Equipment Corporation. Tsukasa holds a M.S. degree in Computer Science from Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, North America and Acting Vice President, Sales, EuropeRobert Minton has a successful track record working at major US media companies in the roles of sales, product development, marketing, and general management. He has worked for companies such as Walt Disney, ABC, and directly supported ABC News and ESPN Audio as their distribution and sales partner. Robert has lead numerous successful business development opportunities, working with partners like Nielsen, Terra.com, Sustainlane.com, Marketron Mobile, Abacast, and Comcast Entertainment (now NBCU). He has also provided consulting services on the topic of integrated media services and M&A's to industry leaders such as McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co., as well as other major US investment groups. Robert has a BA from the University of Tennessee and has participated in executive education programs at Columbia Business School, UCLA - Anderson School of Business, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He brings over 17 years of management and business experience to Six Apart.
Senior Director, Overseas BusinessMasashi Koizumi worked in IBM Japan's Business Innovation Service and Distribution Strategy Group, providing a variety of consulting services involving strategy, business and systems. He later helped launch Dr. Ci:Labo's management strategy team, and with a mid-term management plan he has lead the company to the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. From 2005 he spent several years in director positions at a number of venture capital companies, and came to his current post in January 2010. He has an MBA from the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Irvine.
Senior Director, Media BusinessFrom 1995 to 2007, Ichiro Kiyota worked as a web director at Nifty and helped launch many services including "Cocolog," one of the first available Japanese blogging services. He joined Six Apart KK in November 2007. He launched blogs.com in 2009 and from 2010, as a Media Business Senior Director, has been involved in the planning and launch of Zenback and Sazanami. He manages the personal blog, "Kotori piyo piyo," and is a guest Editor-in-Chief for Gizmodo Japan.