project44 hires general manager, solution engineering manager and regional marketing manager, opens new office in Tokyo
CHICAGO and TOKYO, February 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Following the announcement of a $420 million investment earlier this year, project44 is proud to announce its expansion into the Japanese market. Project44 already has a global vision and direct expansion in Japan will generate additional opportunities to serve Japanese brands, providing additional supply chain visibility.
“As we continue our international expansion, Japan was a priority,” said Jett McCandlessFounder and CEO of project44, “Japan is a crossroads for transcontinental trade. With our ocean knowledge, we already have insight into Japanese maritime operations, and it was only natural to expand our presence in the country. »
#1 in supply chain visibility
Throughout 2021, project44 has cemented its position as the #1 company in supply chain visibility with global port-to-door coverage across all modes of transportation. The company now generates more than $100 million in Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) and tracks over one billion packages per year.
the $420 million the investment positions project44 to accelerate its mission to help leading brands optimize the movement of products through supply chains, delivering better resilience, sustainability and value for their customers.
Direction in Japan
Project44 recently hired Yuji Kuwahara as General Manager and Vice President, Sales, Japan. Kuwahara previously served as vice president at Coupa Software and LLamasoft. He was also involved in the Japanese launch of foreign IT solution start-ups, where he led the sales teams, developed their local organizations and established the companies’ brands in the Japanese market. He brings to this role his strong track record of successful brand development in the region.
Kaoru Matsuda joined the project44 team as Director of Solutions Engineering. Matsuda will be responsible for building the Japanese engineering team, expanding project44’s ability to monitor supply chain movements across the country, and connecting Japan to the project44 international carrier network.
Project44 has also hired Kazumi Mihashi as Marketing Director for the APAC region. Mihashi was previously the Japan & SEA Marketing Manager for LLamasoft, Inc. Mihashi will pave the way for project44’s landing in markets across Japan as good as Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
To establish its presence in Japanproject44 will open a Tokyo office in February 2022. The office will be located in the Hibiya region. The office paves the way for continued expansion in the region. The company plans to triple the size of Tokyo office in 2022, hiring more than a dozen employees this year. Job postings for new team members can be found here.
Future Market Events
Project44 will participate in the main trade fairs of Japan later this year, including manufacturing, construction, logistics innovation week this spring and Logis Tech Tokyo in September.
What our customers and Investors say
“We assessed the business potential and future potential of project44 and decided to invest, in addition to becoming a client. In the future, while using the services of project44, which will be further expanded, we will deepen our knowledge of the supply chain visibility and bring more value to our customers,” said Hiroshi Etani, Senior General Manager, Yamato Transport Co., Ltd., from Japan largest delivery company.
“According to monthly shipment delay data from project44, the average delays of China to major Japanese ports increased by 105% to 3.7 days in January 2022 against 1.8 days in December 2021. With businesses facing more operational challenges and with project44’s ability to power the global supply chain with its global network, we believe project44’s expansion into Japan was a natural next step and we are excited to see them develop their solutions to market.” – Koichiro NakamuraFounder and General Partner of Sozo Ventures.
project44 is in the business of making supply chains work. As the connective tissue of the supply chain, project44 operates the world’s most trusted end-to-end visibility platform that tracks over 1 billion shipments per year for over 1,000 of the biggest brands , including top companies in manufacturing, automotive, retail, life sciences, food & beverage, and oil, chemicals & gas. Through project44, shippers and carriers around the world are improving predictability, resilience and sustainability.
The undisputed market leader, project44 was named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, #1 in FreightWaves FreightTech 2021, Customer’s Choice in the Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer report. project44 is headquartered in Chicago with a diverse team spanning 17 global offices. To learn more, visit www.project44.com.
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