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Yuji Hirokawa, former President of Red Hat K.K, joins the board of Rapyuta Robotics

Date: 10 May 2019
Category: corporate

Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd. (Chuo, Tokyo, CEO: Gajamohan Mohanarajah) hereby announces the appointment of Yuji Hirokawa, the former President and Representative Director of Red Hat K.K, as an outside director.

Guided by the vision of making robots attainable and useful, Rapyuta Robotics developed the first enterprise-class cloud robotics platform, rapyuta.io. The platform takes an inclusive approach and focuses on removing all the complexities and inefficiencies in building and managing robotic solutions thus fostering an open robotics ecosystem. It is already being used by various leading companies such as Nihon Unisys, Ltd. in Japan and iFollow SAS in France. The company is currently in the process of expanding the global footprint and scale of its cloud robotics platform rapyuta.io.

Gajamohan Mohanarajah, CEO and Co-founder of Rapyuta Robotics, had the following to say about the appointment of Yuji Hirokawa:
“As a former President and Representative Director of Red Hat K.K., Yuji comes with an abundance of experience and know how. The philosophies around OpenShift (a container application platform), Red Hat Enterprise Linux, completely align with the Open ecosystem-based approach we are taking with the rapyuta.io platform. We are sure his guidance will help us take rapyuta.io to new heights both with the enterprises and developer communities.”

Arudchelvan Krishnamoorthy, the COO and Co-founder added:
“Yuji Hirokawa has held positions of significant responsibilities in Hitachi, Ltd., and its US subsidiary, Hitachi Data Systems. Furthermore, his leadership experiences with BEA systems and Hortonworks will help us accelerate our management strategies and fast track our success.”

Yuji Hirokawa talking about the appointment said :
“I am pleased to join one of the most advanced robotics companies, Rapyuta Robotics. I strongly believe that robotics can impact people’s lives for the better and I am excited about bringing in my experiences to make a meaningful contribution to the society.”

Profile of Mr. Yuji Hirokawa

1981 Joined Hitachi Ltd. He was involved in establishing Hitachi data systems corporation (Santa Clara, US), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. From 1992 to 1998, he was assigned as Global Sales VP at Hitachi data systems. He then took over as Executive Director of International Sales Group for Hitachi Ltd.
2003 Jul Joined Sun Microsystems as Corporate Director & Executive Officer of Sales in Japan.
2006 Aug Joined BEA Systems Japan as Country Manager (Middleware/SOA Sales)
2008 Feb Joined Red Hat K.K. (Japan) as a President
2015 Jun Assigned as the Chairman of Red Hat K.K.
2016 Nov Joined Midokura Japan as President & Representative Director for Japan and APAC
2017 Mar Joined Hortonworks, Japan as regional Vice President & Managing Director of Japan
2019 Mar Retired from Hortonworks, Japan.

About Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd.

Rapyuta Robotics Co., Ltd. is a global technology company that is pioneering the domain of Cloud Robotics. The ETH Zurich spin-off has offices in Japan and India. While improvements in technology are helping to make robotics more accessible to markets, the ability to integrate all the required hardware and software still remains a huge barrier. With rapyuta.io, the cloud robotics platform, Rapyuta Robotics aspires to solve this problem and enable people with minimal experience with robotics hardware and software to be an integral part of the ecosystem.

For inquiries regarding this press release, please send an email to info@rapyuta-robotics.com

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