Akihiko Tobe, General Manager, Hitachi, Ltd., Social Innovation Business Project Division

Akihiko Tobe joined Hitachi Ltd. Omika Works in April of 1979 as a CAD/CAM system engineer. He later became a department manager and by October of 2002 was named the Manager of the ITS Telematics Center, Information and Communication Group. In April of 2005, he became Director of the CIS system solutions division of the Automotive System Group and by July of 2009 was the Deputy General Manager. In May of 2010, he was promoted to the Senior Manager of the Information & Control System Company and since October of 2010 attained his current position as the Senior Director of Smart City Business Management Division. In this position, he is responsible for both global and the Japan domestic markets. Mr. Tobe received his Bachelor of Science (BS), Chiba University (Japan) in 1979 in electronics engineering and a Master of Science(MS), University of Michigan (USA), in the Master of Engineering CAD program in 1984.