TOKYO, 11 July, 2016 — Today SPEEDA, Asia’s largest industry and corporate information platform, announced a new management structure to scale growth and support the needs of its business operations in Asia.
SPEEDA announced the appointment of Osamu Iwasawa as Managing Director & Head of Asia Business, Shin Ito as Head of Greater China, and Guan Jia Ng as Head of Southeast Asia. Together, they will be responsible for spearheading SPEEDA’s growth and operations across Asia.
This news comes on the heels of several key milestones for SPEEDA over the past 24 months, including establishing operations in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Sri Lanka, being awarded one of Forbes Japan’s best 10 startups, and raising JPY 472 million in Series C funding.
“SPEEDA is used by professionals across a wide variety of financial institutions and consulting firms. Since launching our international operations in 2014, we have established research centres in Singapore, Shanghai, and as of this year, Sri Lanka, in order to satisfy a more diverse range of customers’ needs. We now have firms using SPEEDA in over 10 countries across Greater China and the Southeast Asia region,” says Ryosuke Niino, UZABASE Co-CEO and co-founder. “Shin’s proven track record in the Greater China region and Guan’s experience as a key member of UZABASE Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.’s explosive growth, as well as Osamu’s leadership in East Asia to date will allow our business in Asia to scale to the next level.”
About Osamu Iwasawa, Managing Director & Head of Asia Business
Prior to joining UZABASE in 2011, Iwasawa was an equity research analyst at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, where he focused on the chemicals and materials sectors. He was later a management consultant at Nomura Research Institute, where he specialised in M&A advisory, business strategy planning, and turnaround management. Iwasawa has been the President of UZABASE Hong Kong Limited since 2013.
About Shin Ito, Head of Greater China
Prior to joining UZABASE, Ito was employed at Hongo Tsuji Tax & Consulting where he dealt with a wide range of taxation-related services including tax structuring, tax returns for listed companies, and inheritance tax returns. He later joined management consulting firm BearingPoint (current PricewaterhouseCoopers), providing management accounting for financial institutions. From 2010 he served as a key member of GCA Savvian’s office in Shanghai, providing M&A advisory and cross-border support for Japanese and Chinese companies. He was appointed Country Head of Greater China of UZABASE China Limited in 2016.
About Guan Jia Ng, Head of Southeast Asia
Prior to joining UZABASE, Guan Jia worked in the Advisory division of PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was involved in financial due diligence, commercial due diligence and strategy consulting, working with a wide range of clients such as private equity firms, multinational corporations, local SMEs and government bodies. He joined UZABASE in January 2014 and has since been leading the expansion of SPEEDA throughout Southeast Asia.
Name: UZABASE, Inc.
Established: 1 April 2008
Management: Co-Chief Executive Officers Ryosuke Niino and Yusuke Umeda
Capital: JPY 1.04957 billion
Address: Ebisu First Square. 10F 1-18-14 Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0013 Japan