KDDI America and TELEHOUSE America Appointed New CEO and President, Satoru Manabe
New York, NY, USA – April 2, 2014 – KDDI America, a leading provider of international communication services and solution services, along with its sister company, TELEHOUSE America, a global leader for data centers and international Internet exchanges, announces that Masaaki Nakanishi, President and Chief Executive Officer of KDDI America and TELEHOUSE America will retire as of today, April 1, 2014. Effective today, Satoru Manabe will become the new President and CEO of KDDI America and TELEHOUSE America. In his new role as President and CEO, Mr. Manabe will oversee activities and strategies for KDDI America and TELEHOUSE America, as well as the companies’ US subsidiaries, Locus and Total Call.
Mr. Nakanishi first joined KDDI America and TELEHOUSE America in October of 2011, moving from his prior position as Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Business for KDDI Corporation in Japan.
“Throughout Masaaki Nakanishi’s tenure here in the United States, KDDI and TELEHOUSE America have seen significant growth with US based companies expanding Data Center and Systems Integration services both here and abroad,” states Hiroyasu Morishita, EVP of Sales and Marketing. “We are honored to welcome Satoru Manabe as our new CEO; his excellent credentials will contribute to our accelerated growth in emerging markets, worldwide. Mr. Manabe’s success in business operations in key markets such as China will enhance our companies’ reputation as a leading global colocation and network provider.”
Satoru Manabe has an extensive background in executive management and company operations. He first joined KDDI Corporation in 1984 upon graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree in Laws from Kyoto University in Japan. After receiving a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing from City University Business School in London, Mr. Manabe engaged in China business development and established three subsidiary companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. From 2005 to 2007, he served as President of KDDI China, and started TELEHOUSE China in Beijing, and eventually, TELEHOUSE China in Shanghai. From 2007 to 2010, he oversaw a KDDI and China Telecom joint venture company before heading the global account management team for Toyota Motor Corporation and its group companies from 2010-2014.