Get to know Mitch Hamamoto, General Manager of Japan
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m Masahiko Hamamoto and my English name has been Mitch since I was young. I joined systesmGo earlier this month as the General Manager Japan and I’m based in the Tokyo office. I’m originally from Hiroshima.
2. Tell us a bit about your career up until this point.
After graduating university, I worked in a Japanese automobile and industrial machinery parts manufacturer for many years. After this role, I gained consulting experience at a leading foreign-based ERP application company. I then became the Head of Information Technology of APAC for a major foreign health care service provider. From there I became Country Manager of the Japanese corporation of the same health care service provider.
I have over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. My expertise is in program management, in areas such as launching new businesses, mergers and acquisitions and corporate integration.
As Country Manager in my previous role, my final project was to lead the integration of the organization, business model and business process when the company was acquired by a major US healthcare giant. As a Country Manager, handling business separation and integration and having a sense of balance is very important as interests and conflicts occur at various levels. In addition, strong leadership and fostering ownership at the employee level are indispensable to constantly create maximum synergy among limited time and resources. I think I can make use of my experiences in both my IT leadership roles and Country Manager role at systemsGo.
I have had the opportunity to work in Thailand, Germany, Australia and China, and lived in the United States for over 10 years. I think working abroad and gaining experience in a global environment is very valuable.
3. What attracted you to join systemsGo?
I was first introduced to systemsGo when we launched a new business in China in 2011. Since then, as our IT partner in Asia, systemsGo helped us to launch new offices and IT support for infrastructure not only in Japan but also China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. In countries that do not have an IT department, systemsGo has been crucial. We have also had the opportunity to simultaneously deploy IT solutions across Asia.
systemsGo is a company with unique strengths, namely in project management and IT engineering, focused on a multi-lingual and multi-cultural service. My experience with systemsGo was also that they are trustworthy and it is a company with strong potential to grow.
4. What are you looking forward to most about your new role at systemsGo?
Having just started at systemsGo earlier this month, I am currently in the process of understanding the whole picture through various conversations and meetings with employees at all different levels.
For Japan, the next step is to strengthen the relationship between the Tokyo and Osaka offices, to further improve productivity and customer service. Across APAC, we will work closely with multinational companies to develop a global partner of clients. I would like to help systemsGo become the APAC IT partner for our clients.