• Katsunori Araki, Board Director, CFO, Head of Corporate Group & Managing Director of Singapore office

    Katsunori Araki, Board Director, CFO, Head of Corporate Group & Managing Director of Singapore office

  • Financial leaders are pivotal figures in corporate landscapes, wielding their expertise to navigate complex economic landscapes. Beyond number-crunching, they align financial plans with overarching business objectives, optimizing resources for growth and stability. Their analytical acumen and strategic foresight make them instrumental in shaping broader organizational objectives, ensuring resilience and success in an ever-evolving market. Katsunori Araki stands as an esteemed leader in this dynamic landscape. Holding pivotal roles as the Board Director, CFO, Head of Corporate Group, and Managing Director of UPWARD's Singapore office, Katsunori's professional profile is a testament to his multifaceted expertise. His journey encompasses pivotal roles in esteemed companies, with expertise spanning finance, accounting, and strategic planning. Katsunori's leadership prowess is underscored by his dedication to human resource development and innovative growth strategies. With a steadfast focus on driving progress, he's at the forefront of UPWARD's dynamic trajectory toward global success.

  • Katsunori  Araki: Crafting Success with a Harmonious Blend of Fiscal Prudence

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Top 10 CFOs In Japan - 2023

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  • Top 10 CFOs In Japan - 2023

    CFOs from Japan Making Financial Life Simple

    Aside from being known for being safe, convenient and clean, Japan has emerged as a leading nation in today's world. With a strong economy, highly sophisticated infrastructure and a reliable tax regime Japan offers a great business environment for businesses wishing to expand to Asia. Japan is one of the largest economies in the world and a hub for innovation, making it a prime destination for businesses looking to expand globally. With a highly educated population, a thriving economy, and a rich cultural heritage, Japan offers numerous opportunities for businesses across a range of industries.

    About CFO: Chief financial officers oversee the financial operations of their companies and provide leadership and focus to accounting and finance departments to ensure that they operate efficiently and comply with applicable laws and company policies. This executive is in charge of a company's financial operations. A CFO's responsibilities include internal and external financial reporting, stewardship of a company's assets, and ownership of cash management.

    Significance of CFO in Japan: In Japan the CFO will be the key business partner to the founder of the business. This person will improve the finance operation, and bridge the company to the outside world.CFO will partner with President& CEO and executive Leadership Team to develop and manage the Company's growth strategy. The ideal candidate brings successful leadership experience in finance, and operations in the life sciences industry. In addition to strategic development, the CFO will be accountable for the administrative, financial and risk management operations of the company, including the development of Company's financial and commercial plan.

    CEO Insights Asia in this issue presents a list of 'Top 10 CFOs in Japan - 2023' who have leveraged their extensive industry expertise and experience in offering effective skills to the market. The following list has been prepared after being closely scrutinized by a distinguished panel of judges including CXOs, analysts and our editorial board. We recognize their valuable contribution to the ever expanding and competitive market and their ability to sustain themselves and emerge as top contestants through their reliable knowledge.

Top 10 CFOs In Japan - 2023

Company Logo Company Management Company Name Company Description
AIG Technologies Alexander Radon , CFO AIG Technologies A results-driven finance professional with 25 years of proven accomplishments, with strong focus on business optimisation organizational transformation
Pioneer Corporation Atsushi Kitamura , CFO Pioneer Corporation A strategic leader with 2 years of experience, with expertise in managerial finance, forecasting and business strategy
Nakanishi Inc Daisuke Suzuki , CFO Nakanishi Inc An executive leader with 14 years of experience, involved in the financial operations of the fitm with commitment and dediaction
Accenture Jean-Michel Ferrer , CFO Accenture An entrepreneurial executive with hands-on corporate finance & operational management, defining and executing business transformation to achieve sustainable, profitable growth strategy
Upward Katsunori Araki , Board Director, CFO, Head of Corporate Group, & Managing Director of Singapore office Upward A distinguished professional with expertise in finance, accounting, and strategic planning, while his leadership is marked by a dedication to human resource development and innovative growth strategies
SAS Masa Murakami Regional , CFO SAS A dynamic leader with more than three decades of experience, skilled in analytics, business analysis and business intelligence
Money Forward Naoya Kanesaka , CFO Money Forward A finance professional with 16 years of experience, providing services related to fintech, personal financial management and cloud system through the firm
Marubeni Corporation Yasuaki Watanabe , CFO Marubeni Corporation An experienced power business development manager with a demonstrated history of working in the international finance and investment industry, skilled in capital markets, management and financial modeling
GA Technologies Yuichi Fujikawa , CFO GA Technologies A professional leader with extensive experience in finance, investment banking, and leadership development have equipped him with a unique perspective on industry trends
Space Power Technologies Yuji Takeda , CFO Space Power Technologies A highly accomplished leader with close to two decades of experience, skilled in structured finance, private equity and project finance

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