We believe the future of work lies in robotics, with the potential to make our lives more productive, meaningful, and filled with joy, excitement, and wonder. It all starts with the right technology, enhancing how robots learn, interact, and connect with people.
At SoftBank Robotics, we’re committed to leveraging collaborative robotics to elevate human work. Our robots are designed to help. We’re here to make sure they help the right way, enriching the human experience—how we work, how we learn, how we connect, and how we grow.
Supporting our core team in San Francisco, SoftBank Robotics’ leadership spans the globe from Tokyo to France, offering a combined 130 years of technical expertise.
President & CEO
Fumihide Tomizawa began his career at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1997 before joining SoftBank Group in 2000. He sat in various key positions in SoftBank Group's major business segments including broadband services and mobile communication services, and successfully led many new business ventures such as data communication services, new natural energy, and many JV establishments with global partners. He was chosen to lead of the SoftBank's robotics project in 2011, which was founded to be the core bearer of SoftBank Group’s vision, and became the President and CEO of SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. in 2014.
EVP, Chief Creative Officer
Kazutaka Hasumi has served on the Board of Directors in the content marketing division at SoftBank Robotics since 2014. He joined SoftBank in 2008 and was responsible for the content service department of SoftBank’s mobile division. He also launched the company’s e-book distribution service, “Viewn” as a board director. Kazutaka started his career in the broadcasting industry by joining TV Asahi after graduating from Hitotsubashi University. During his time at the company, he oversaw the production of a wide variety of Japan’s most famous and popular TV programmes, broadcasted across the nation, working as the primary producer.
EVP, Chief Business Officer
Kenichi ‘Kent’ Yoshida is serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at SoftBank Robotics, leading the SoftBank robotic project for the past 4 years since the beginning of the project. Prior to joining SoftBank Group, he was a co-founder and COO of an enterprise software startup company called Realcom and led the company to IPO. Kent has been working at starting new businesses in SoftBank since 2010.
Vice President & CISO, CCO
Kazuo Nohara first worked as a general affairs and accounting in a real estate company and transitioned into SoftBank in 1994 via J-Phone and Vodafone Japan, has over 30-years-experiences of finance, accounting and tax, In that field, he was also responsible as corporate auditor, and managed projects of business improvement and internal control. He is now serving as a head of Corporate Management Division, CCO and CISO in SoftBank Robotics besides CFO and CCO in SoftBank Robotics Group.
Manabu Matsuura has strong background from the major distribution industry which he was responsible for operation management of over 10,000 stores and other various positions. Prior to joining SoftBank Robotics in 2018, Manabu was a board director of leading interior company and president of its subsidiary EC & logistics company. With eyes of foresight, he realized some of Japan’s first introduction of state-of-the-art technologies such as IT and robotics which had a great impact to the industry.
EVP, CTO Software
Dai Sakata is serving as Chief Technology Officer of Software at SoftBank Robotics and has been managing the Software, IT, Cloud, Fleet and Product teams since 2016. For more than 10 years, he has been leading various product planning and development in eAccess (acquired by SoftBank) and SoftBank Group Corp.
EVP, Chief Technology Officer
Akiho Shibata is serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at SoftBank Robotics. He has been leading the technical project of our robotics products since 2014.
For more than 10 years, Akiho Shibata has been leading various product planning and development in SoftBank Corp.
The heart of SoftBank Robotics is in San Francisco. These are the humans bringing our robots to life and building the foundation for the future.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Management and Operations
Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Partnerships
Vice President of Brand Strategy and Communications
Vice President of Revenue Operations and Customer Experience
Vice President of New Business and Strategic Growth
Vice President of People Experience and Operations
Bee Bee Nie
Vice President of Finance and Accounting
Vice President of Product, Design, and Engineering
Senior Director, Robot and Fleet Management