Katsuyuki Torii

Representative Director

Mr. Torii started his own sales consulting / training business, BRAINS Co., Ltd. In 2008, he merged with CICOM International which became Cicom Brains, Inc.

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Graduated from Seinan Gakuin University, Faculty of Commerce, Department of Business Administration. After working for Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. and Recruit Holdings, he started his own business by BRAINS Co., Ltd. In 2008, at the time when the CICOM BRAINS Inc. was established, he took office as Representative Director COO, and since August 2010, he has taken-up the present position. He himself creates organizational consulting and leadership development for management, sales organization reform and strengthening problem-solving sales ability as a life work. At the training and seminars, the company has cultivated more than 250 companies / more than 50,000 people and contributed greatly to improving the profitability of the organization.

Tadayasu Nishida

President and CEO,
Representative Director

Mr. Nishida started CICOM International, Inc. with Ms. Yukiko Kuroda in 1996. Since then, he has led the company to become one of the leading providers of management training, in both English and Japanese.

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Nishida has a B.A from Waseda University and an M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Nishida began his career at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1985, working in corporate finance including global capital markets, investor relations, and project financing for overseas telecom projects. Mr. Nishida started CICOM International, Inc. with Ms. Yukiko Kuroda in 1996. Since then, he has led the company to become one of the leading providers of management training, in both English and Japanese. Mr. Nishida advises corporate clients on their training programs, and works as trainer in finance, corporate strategy, and business planning. He is also involved in promoting entrepreneurship as a steering member of The MIT Enterprise Forum in Japan, which mentors entrepreneurs and operates an annual business plan contest.

Yuki Ota

Senior Managing Director

Ms. Ota graduated from the Faculty of Social Studies, Hitotsubashi University. Prior to joining Cicom Brains,  she was in charge of new business development and producing job offer advertisements at Recruit Holdings.

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In 1986, she established BRAINS Co., Ltd. from the desire to walk with and support people who desire to open up and build a carrier and the life by themselves. After merging with CICOM INTERNATIONAL in 2008, she was appointed to the present roll from the same year. In addition to supervising the personnel affairs of the company, she puts emphasis on the development of the training program. Also, as a lecturer, she is proud of the track record to about 10,000 people. The training in charge of her includes leadership strengthening training, decision making strengthening training, vision plan strengthening training, OJT reinforcement training, career development training, UPA business communication skill training, UPA negotiation skill training, and UPA coaching skill training. In recent years she devotes herself to be a lecturer of “female managerial training courses” for women who just become managerial positions and their candidates, and has also started training on consciousness reform for male superiors who are in a position to nurture female managerial positions.

Yasushi Kawaguchi

Managing Director and CDO

Mr. Kawaguchi graduated from Tokyo University’s School of Engineering. After working for Compaq Computer, Apple Computer, and other notable technology firms, he started up an image delivering system company.

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In 2005, he was appointed CEO at the time when the REVIC Global Co., Ltd. was established.  The company entered the e-learning business with the main field of human resource development for corporate customers by providing a proven program with highly educational effect for large enterprises, such as finance and automobiles. In addition, the company has expanded its service not only to the domestic market but also to Asia including China, where they supported local staff education of many Japanese companies. From 2012, he assumes the position as a board member of an NPO juridical person, Japan e-Learning Consortium. In 2013, he was appointed CEO at the time when the CICOM BRAINS Learning Media Inc. was established. Since October 2015 he holds an additional post of executive officer of CICOM BRAINS Inc. Since October 2016, he is appointed a Director and Education Big Data Business Promotion Headquarters, General Manager.

Hiroaki Kobayashi

Managing Director

Mr. Kobayashi holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Tokyo and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago. He started his career at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, marketing network services before moving on to identifying and incubating venture enterprises.

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He then joined Boston Consulting Group Tokyo, where he was involved in business development, business process reengineering, and sales effectiveness projects. He later became Director of Strategy for BT Japan, where he focused on M&A strategy for e-commerce and multi-media in addition to equity tie-ups. From March 2000, he worked for HSBC Securities as a Senior Analyst covering the telecom, broadcasting and advertising sectors. He joined CICOM in April 2003 as Managing Director, before appointed to COO in February 2006. Mr. Kobayashi is the co-author of the MOT Innovation Guide (Nikkei BP), and co-translator of Business of Software by Michael Cusumano (Diamond Publication), and Democratizing Innovation by Eric Von Hippel (First Press), both authors are faculty in the MIT Sloan School.

Akihiko Watabe

Managing Director

Mr. Watabe graduated from University of Tokyo, Economics Department. In the same
year, he joined the Long- Term Credit Bank of Japan (currently Shinsei Bank Limited).
He served in the Human Resources Department from 1994 to 2000.

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After that, he worked for four different companies. And, at Seven-Eleven Japan, as the head of the Human Resources section, he hired nearly 1,000 people each year and worked to establish a personnel system for 5,000 employees.
In addition to the executive officers in charge of finance, In Rakuten Group , he also served as executives in charge of the management department, including personnel management, in Rakuten Securities.
In 2007, he became president of HUMAN ASSOCIATES HOLDINGS, Inc. and president of AIMS International Japan Co., Ltd. In 2011.
While leading the group as a representative director, he is also working as a consultant to introduce personnel.
Based on this abundant personnel experience, there are many opportunities for exposure in the
media such as newspapers, magazines and lectures.
He is well versed not only in human resource fields but also in retail and financial industries.
In 2019, he appointed the director of Cicom Brain’s Corporation.
He wrote two books “Banker Transformation” (NIPPON JITSUGYO PUBLISHING), “Japan’s personnel decisions are determined by the company style.” (Diamond Publication)

Yuichiro Furuya

Director / certified public accountant

Mr. Furuya graduated from Rikkyo University , Tourism Department. After he passed certified public accountant examination in 2006, he joined Azusa audit corporation limited ( previously known as Azusa audit corporation ) in same year.

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During years, he had engaged in auditing of listed companies, due diligence in M&A, IPO support, etc. Resigned in 2014. After that, he was in charge of listing preparation work at a general business company and joined HUMAN ASSOCIATES HOLDINGS, Inc. in December 2015.
January 2018, he assumed the post of CFO of the company. In 2019, he became the director of Cicom Brain’s Corporation.

Yutaka Kamisawa


Mr. Kamisawa graduated from Keio University, Economics Department. And joined the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan in the same year. Engaged in corporate loans, international finance, business revitalization, etc.

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He left the company in 1998. After that, he worked as a director of the EAP business at an independent mental health business company through a director of international finance at a major electrical appliance manufacturer. After several years of experience in EAP business, he became president of Human Frontier Corporation in 2008 and became president in October 2009. In the same year, he became the director of HA Group Inc. (currently HUMAN ASSOCIATES HOLDINGS, Inc.) In July 2018, he became the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Human Frontier Co., Ltd. In 2019, he became the auditor of Cicom Brain’s Inc.

Atsushi Jigami

Executive Director,
Cicom Brains UBCL CO., LTD.

Mr. Jigami graduated from Kansai University’s Faculty of Economics. He then worked for Sumitomo 3M (now 3M Japan KK), in charge of business development, marketing and global training.

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Joined CICOM BRAINS, Inc. in 2007, managed training human resources training, publicly-developed technical human resource development program “CICOM-ISL”, planning and conducting English training business. Current position, since 2014. Developing global human resources as a life work, and the training organized by himself has already produced about 8000 trained people, supporting globalization of Japanese companies from the perspective of human resource development. Currently, in addition to training of Japanese before overseas assignment in Japan, he flies around Asian countries, conduct training after overseas assignment in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, as well as energetically active in training human resources of local staff. It’s one of his fun to think about the common points between the corporate management leadership and the conductor of orchestra, while listening to classical music.

Kumiko Hayashi

General Manager,
Cicom Brains (Shanghai), Ltd.

Ms. Hayashi has a B.A. in Literature, Okayama University. She then worked at Yaohan Japan, Dentsu Shanghai, MUFJ Research and Consulting Shanghai before joining Cicom Brains Shanghai, Ltd. in July 2009.

Nugraheni Niki Lintang Pertiwi

Country Manager,
PT Cicombrains Inspirasi Indonesia

Graduated from Meiji University Management, Management Study MBA from Hitotsubashi ICS (International Corporate Strategy)

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After Studying at Meiji University in Tokyo with scholarship from Mitsui Corporation( one of the largest trading firm in Japan), she started her career at the Head Quarter of the Yamaha Music Instruments in Japan. She experienced a couple of projects mainly in the purchasing department including the world wide cost-improvement transformation.
Yamaha sent her to Indonesia and there, she led some initiatives including green purchase campaign as manager.
She decided to study again to enhance her management capability and was accepted by Hitotsubashi ICS, where she acquired MBA degree. She then joined the start-up and managed trading of food products and restaurant development.

She joined CICOM BRAINS Indonesia as an instructor for Cross Culture Management Training and Sales Skill Training and she became Country Manager at February 2018.

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