General Manager of Corporate IT & Executive Officer, Rakuten
General Manager of Corporate IT in Rakuten, and is responsible for managing corporate IT (Office Network, IT Facility, software) as collaboration and communication platform in global Rakuten, and also Corporate Management Information System for HR, Finance System and others from June 2016.
Kaoru joined Rakuten in 2001 as employee #256, and experienced head of product development team for Rakuten Ichiba, Rakuten Travel, Rakuten Gora, Rakuten Beauty etc. until 2013. In 2013 to 2016, took leadership of EU e-commerce tech team as CPO of Rakuten Europe.
Kaoru holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Yokohama National University, and graduated Stanford Executive Program in 2017.
How to collaborate effectively in a global technology organization 11:20 - 12:00
Since its beginning in Tokyo, Japan in 1997, Rakuten has successfully built a global technology organization consisting of more than 4000 employees, with offices in Asia, Americas and Europe. In this panel discussion, a few of Rakuten's technology executives will discuss how their teams have contributed to Rakuten's growth. They will share their experiences, highlighting both benefits and challenges operating as a global technology organization.”
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