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Chief Executive Officer
Shinsuke Usami

In 1996, after graduating from the Faculty of Commerce at Waseda University, joined Tohmatsu Consulting (now Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting). Engaged as a consultant on accounts for the business improvement of large-scale financial institutions and systematization projects. Later went to work at a software startup, eventually resolving to found a firm. Launched axiv.com, Inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.) in 1999 with a friend. As president and CEO, has continued to drive profitability of the business for nineteen years since its founding. In 2001, entered into a capital alliance with CyberAgent, and from 2005 to 2010, jointly served as a director at CyberAgent, helping enhance their technical competencies as an officer in the technology department. In 2012, brokered a management buyout from CyberAgent in and listed the company on the Mothers section of the TSE, followed by the First Section of the TSE in 2015. Pursuant to a merger between CCI and VOYAGE GROUP in 2019, assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.

President
Akio Niizawa

Following a position at Softbank, joined Cyber Communications Inc. in 1998 and was involved in all aspects of Japanese Internet advertising from its early emergence as an industry. Previously held posts as director of the sales and media divisions. Assumed the post of executive officer in 2005. As director of the new business promotion unit, was responsible for the creation of new business models revolving around e-commerce, CGM solutions development, and other areas. Has wide expertise and knowledge in all aspects of digital marketing. In 2007, assumed the role of COO. In 2010, assumed a post as representative director and vice-president, and in 2013 became President, leading a key firm in the Japanese online advertising space and improving the industry for the better. Pursuant to a merger between CCI and VOYAGE GROUP in 2019, assumed the position of President of CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc. Holds posts as a director of Video Research Interactive Inc., Dentsu Digital Inc., and director of the Japan Interactive Advertising Association and AC Japan.

Director CFO
Hidenori Nagaoka

In 1996, after graduating from the Faculty of Commerce and Management at Hitotsubashi University, joined Corporate Directions, Inc. As a management consultant, engaged in a wide range of different projects spanning various industries and businesses. Having heard that Usami, a friend dating back to his college years, had recently founded a company axiv.com, inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.), joined it six months later in May of 2000. As someone responsible for the entirety of the corporate division early on in his tenure, engaged in the creation of business plans and fundraising, quickly rising to CFO that same year. Following a capital investment from CyberAgent in 2001 and a management buyout in 2012, the company was listed on the Mothers section of the TSE in 2014 and on the First Section of the TSE in 2015, making him responsible for these changes and other aspects of the company’s capital policy. In 2011, established EC Navi Ventures, iInc. (now VOYAGE VENTURES, Inc.) and assumed the role of representative director. The company engages in funding and supporting the growth of Internet-related startups that have not yet gone public. Pursuant to a merger between CCI and VOYAGE GROUP in 2019, assumed the position of CFO of CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.

Director
Taku Meguro

Joined Dentsu Inc. in 1993. In 2011, director of on/off planning, media content planning division. In 2015, assumed responsibility for media planning data. In 2016, deputy director of the Digital platform center,Dentsu Inc.; embedded at Cyber Communications Inc. As director of the data solutions department, took part in the launch and expansion of business in the data management domain. In 2017, assumed the role of representative director and vice-president, becoming responsible for all aspects of operational strategy. Pursuant to a merger between CCI and VOYAGE GROUP in 2019, assumed the position of director of CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.

Director
Chiaki Kobayashi

Following a post at Niigata Nippo Jigyosha, joined Cyber Communications Inc. in 1999. Was involved in all aspects of the emergence of Japan’s early online advertising sector and contributed to its improvement and growth. Held positions as director of the sales and media departments, then assumed the role of executive officer in 2005. As director of the marketing solutions department, handled the deployment and dissemination of ad technology for the domestic market, and assumed the concurrent roles of CTO and global business promotion office director in 2010. In that role, has achieved numerous alliances with overseas businesses. In 2011, assumed the role of representative director and vice-president, engaging not only in business strategy, but HR strategy and reforms to the workplace. Pursuant to a merger between CCI and VOYAGE GROUP in 2019, assumed the position of director of CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc. Master of Business Administration, Graduate School of Management Studies, Aoyama Business School.

Director
Masashi Nishizono

In 2007, graduated from Musashi Kogyo University (now Tokyo City University). In 2015, Master of Business Administration, Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University. In 2007, joined EC Navi, Inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.). After working in sales of ad space at EC Navi, took part in the launch of fluct, Inc.’s service. In 2012, assumed the role of representative director of Zucks, Inc., engaging in the development of a smartphone ad platform and growing it into one of the company’s major business units. In 2017, assumed the role of director of VOYAGE GROUP, Inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.), and oversees the fluct and Zucks ad platforms, as well as the games segment as part of the company’s innovation business. Pursuant to a merger between CCI and VOYAGE GROUP in 2019, assumed the position of director of CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.

Director (non full-time)
Norihiro Kuretani
April 1988:
joined Dentsu Inc.
June 2016:
director, D2C Inc. (current role)
July 2016:
director, Cyber Communications Inc.
July 2016:
director, Dentsu Digital Inc.
January 2017:
executive officer, Dentsu Inc. (current role)
January 2017:
CEO, Dentsu Digital Inc.
March 2017:
director, Dentsu Information Services International Inc. (current role)
March 2017:
director, Dentsu Aegis Japan Inc.
March 2017:
director, Dentsu Innovation Partners Inc. (current role)
May 2017:
director, Japan Interactive Advertising Association (current role)
August 2018:
director, Rakuten Data Marketing Co., Ltd. (current role)
January 2019:
director, CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc. (current role)
Director (non full-time/external)
Taro Saito
April 1995:
joined Dentsu Inc.
May 2005:
established dof Inc. and assumed the role of director
June 2009:
assumed role of representative director of the above (current position)
December 2014:
director, VOYAGE GROUP, Inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.) (current role)
January 2017:
established CC Inc. and serves as representative director (current role)
Supervisory Board Member (external)
Yoshinari Noguchi
April 1996:
joined Oracle Japan
April 2001:
transferred to Oracle Corporation
April 2006:
transferred to Oracle Japan
December 2014:
full-time Supervisory Board Member, VOYAGE GROUP, Inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.) (current role)
June 2016:
Supervisory Board Member, PC Depot Corporation (current role)
August 2017:
Supervisory Board Member, rakumo inc. (current role)
Supervisory Board Member (non full-time)
Kaori Araki
April 1988:
joined Dentsu Inc.
April 2015:
Supervisory Board Member, Dentsu Management Service Inc. (current role)
October 2016:
Supervisory Board Member, D Sports Merchandising (current role)
March 2017:
Supervisory Board Member, Dentsu Hokkaido Inc. (current role)
March 2017:
Supervisory Board Member, Cyber Communications Inc.
June 2017:
Supervisory Board Member, Video Research Ltd. (current role)
January 2018:
group auditing director,audit division,Dentsu Inc. (current role)
January 2019:
Supervisory Board Member, CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc. Inc. (current role)
Supervisory Board Member (non full-time/external)
Junichi Motai
April 1996:
jointed Asahi Shinwa Accounting, Inc. (now Azusa Limited Liability Audit Corporation)
April 1998:
certified public accountant
September 2005:
joined Clifix certified public tax accountancy
March 2006:
certified as tax accountant
June 2006:
Supervisory Board Member, Start Today Co., Ltd.(now ZOZO, Inc.) (current role)
December 2008:
established Accounting Assist and serves as its representative director (current role)
September 2009:
Supervisory Board Member, EC Navi, Inc. (now CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc.) (current role)
June 2013:
Supervisory Board Member, Warranty technology, Inc.
March 2015:
Supervisory Board Member, Vision Inc. (current role)
February 2016:
Supervisory Board Member, Ficha Inc. (current role)
April 2016:
Supervisory Board Member, Geolocation Technology, Inc. (current role)
March 2017:
Supervisory Board Member, Find Japan (current role)
June 2017:
director, Generic Solution Corporation (current role)
December 2017:
director, Ongakukan Co., Ltd. (current role)
Supervisory Board Member (non full-time)
Shuji Nezu
April 2002:
joined Dentsu Inc.
January 2016:
senior manager, corporate planning group, Dentsu Inc.
February 2017:
director, digital platform center, Dentsu Inc.
October 2018:
business director, corporate planning division, Dentsu Digital Inc. (current role)
January 2019:
Supervisory Board Member, CARTA HOLDINGS, Inc. (current role)