Our mission

HULFT’s mission is to help organizations find, secure, transform, and move the information that matters. A division of Saison Information Systems, we combine 25 years of customer success in data logistics, the precision and flexibility of Japanese engineering, with the speed and adaptability of a startup.

Our values

These values are a part of what we stand for, who we are, and how we behave.

We instill a “customer-first” culture.

We think beyond how a customer uses our products by helping them solve the challenges they are facing, and by creating solutions and experiences that serve our customer’s customers.

We keep our word.

Whether we are interacting with our own team members, customers, or partners, we hold ourselves accountable and speak words with truth and integrity.

We practice timely communication.

We share information with one another in the clearest and most transparent manner possible.

We keep good manners.

We believe in treating everyone around us with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

We act on challenges not with haste, but with speed and urgency.

We view challenges as great opportunities to problem-solve, boldly and aggressively.

Our commitment to customers

Our belief is that data should work for you, our customers. We align the best strategic and technical resources to solve the most complex data logistics problems, and accelerate data infrastructure not just today but well into the future. That’s why more than 10,000 customers in 43 countries continue to trust us to provide the backbone of their enterprise data architecture.

The HULFT team

Takashi Watanuki

Takashi Watanuki

CEO, HULFT

Takashi Watanuki

CEO, HULFT

A global business operations leader, Takashi spent the last three decades with Mitsui & Co. Ltd., one of largest trading conglomerates in Japan, that specializes in the investments of metals and minerals, energy, chemical, food, machinery, media, healthcare, and IT..

Takashi has focused his career on helping organizations build new markets, compete globally, and deliver customer success. During his tenure at Mitsui, Takashi led a series of successful mergers and acquisitions, built a portfolio of investment startups within U.S. and Israel, and established new call centers and data centers within APAC.

As CEO, Takashi works closely with the Japan, U.S. and EMEA teams to ensure that HULFT is well positioned for continued growth across key markets.

Andrew Burger

Andrew Burger

Software Engineer

Andrew Burger

Software Engineer

Andrew is a software engineer for HULFT and has over 20 years of experience in developing solutions for various industries including the Department of Defense, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, and cybersecurity. His expertise spans across software development, release management, agile development, and computer security.

Avkash Chauhan

Avkash Chauhan

Chief Architect

Avkash Chauhan

Chief Architect

Avkash is an award-winning engineer, technologist, and entrepreneur. He brings to HULFT an extensive record of launching large scale deployments of AI and machine learning strategies for Global Fortune 100 companies with major markets in healthcare, insurance, finance, IT, and retail. Prior to HULFT, Avkash was vice president of enterprise products and customers at H20.ai, the leading open source data science and machine learning platform used by nearly half of the Fortune 500. A successful entrepreneur, he is the founder of two startups: Big Data Perspective, an enterprise DevOps analytics platform that was successfully acquired by NinjaRMM; and BarDog, an IoT based automated inventory management solution used by high end bars. He has also led product and engineering teams at Microsoft, Platfora (acquired by Workday), and RoamBee.

As Chief Architect at HULFT, Avkash is leading the design and development of HULFT’s next generation enterprise cloud platform to address new use cases and deployment models.

Dmitry Dukhan

Dmitry Dukhan

Senior Director, Digital Manufacturing

Dmitry Dukhan

Senior Director, Digital Manufacturing

As Senior Director of Digital Manufacturing, Dmitry is responsible for product strategy, roadmap, and go-to-market initiatives for Hulft Inc. Dmitry and his team focus on vetting the industry leading integration platform as a service solution, resolving fit for HULFT., consulting, and partnering, to deliver and accomplish best fit within a customer’s environment.

Dmitry holds Bachelor’s and Master's of Science degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, respectively.

Adam Erickson

Adam Erickson

Vice President of Sales

Adam Erickson

Vice President of Sales

As vice president of sales, Adam is responsible for developing the overall strategic sales plan that promotes growth and customer satisfaction. Adam has been building successful commercialization and go-to-market strategies for nearly 30 years for companies such as NextgenID, Bit Stew Systems (acquired by GE Digital), and Device Authority. He brings in-depth industry experience in manufacturing, supply chain logistics, government, and utilities.

Javier Fernandez

Javier Fernandez

Principal Software Engineer

Javier Fernandez

Principal Software Engineer

A profoundly curious person, with a broad range of interests ranging from computing to electronics, music, languages, wood and metal working. His first encounter with a computer was at age 8, and the awe that he felt in that moment is something that has taken him in a career as a software engineer, systems administrator, production support, user support, develop and technical architect, with various detours into management along the way. He loves sharing his passions with other people, often regardless of whether they care. He has two young daughters and a wife that make him feel like an extremely lucky person.

Jay Greer

Jay Greer

Director, Digital Transformation Solutions

Jay Greer

Director, Digital Transformation Solutions

With over 25 years of network operations expertise, Jay heads up digital transformation solutions in the NAM market. Leveraging his knowledge of operational and IP technologies, IoT solutions and their impact to P&L, Jay helps create “real-world” solutions for business modernization. He is also a US Army veteran and holds multiple industry certifications.

Evol Johnson

Evol Johnson

Senior Developer

Evol Johnson

Senior Developer

Evol Mark Johnson is a senior JAVA developer at HULFT. Johnson developed his passion for software engineering in college at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, his native country. He earned his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering.

Most recently Johnson developed and founded Travelful, a digital travel platform that delivers safe and efficient information sharing between those that transport passengers, baggage and cargo.

Evol lives with his wife and children on Detroit’s west side, where he enjoys playing bass guitar, building applications, and walking.

Jyothi Kothagundla

Jyothi Kothagundla

Professional Services Consultant

Jyothi Kothagundla

Professional Services

Jyothi is a solutions consultant for HULFT and has more than a decade of experience covering both technology and business processes in the areas of business intelligence, dimensional modeling, data warehouse applications, data integration, ETL, OCR, reporting and analytical applications, process development, quality assurance, product support, operations, automation, and project management.

Prior to joining HULFT. Jyothi was supporting major clients including University of the Pacific, Sephora and GAP. She graduated from Jawarharlal Nehru Technological University in India with a Bachelor of Technology, and the University of Texas, El Paso with an MS in Information Technology .

Venky Madireddi

Venky Madireddi

Senior Director of Product

Venky Madireddi

Senior Director of Product

As senior director of product, Venky is responsible for leading product development and architecture. Venky is a business and market-oriented technology leader with 30 years of experience creating enterprise solutions in integration, big data, data management, analytics, ML, and search and security.

Venky earned a master's degree in computer science from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

Masa Maruyama

Masa Maruyama

President and COO

Masa Maruyama

President and COO

Operationally focused, Masa oversees HULFT, Inc.’s global corporate development, strategic and technical alliances, and associated go-to-market programs. With a strong emphasis on business development, Masa is passionate about creating solutions that solve customer pain points. Prior to joining HULFT, Masa led business development and incubation for global cybersecurity leader Trend Micro. He began his career running sales teams for global telecommunications giant Softbank (formerly Cable and Wireless IDC).

Masa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Keio University prior to earning his Master of Business Administration from the Kenichi Ohmae Graduate School of Business.

 

Rin Nagaike

Rin Nagaike

Chief Technology Officer

Rin Nagaike

Chief Technology Officer

Rin has nearly 20 of experience creating complex products from inception to successful market delivery. Holding several patents, Rin’s focus has been on designing systems that support the future of messaging, network and security, IoT, and mobile communications. As CTO, Rin oversees the architecture and design of HULFT’s security, communication and monitoring models. Prior to joining HULFT, Rin held senior management roles at Nokia and KDDI Corporation. During his tenure at KDDI, he spearheaded and led the development team toward a successful launch of the Firefox OS smartphone to the Japanese market.

Rin earned a Master of Science in Aeronautics from the Imperial College of London prior to earning his second Master of Science in Computational Fluid Dynamics Osaka University Graduate School of Engineering Science.

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin O'Brien

Sr. Director of Solutions & Professional Services

Kevin O'Brien

Sr. Director Solution & Professional

Kevin brings over 20 years of experience in professional services working with databases, data integration and middleware products. Kevin worked extensively with database platforms including the first commercial database to encompass object-relational technologies and extensible data storage capabilities. Kevin then worked in the EAI and BPM space gaining in-depth knowledge of cross-system integration and distributed systems. Returning to his database roots Kevin next focused on data virtualization, a technology used for on-demand integration as well as providing a data services platform.

Kevin earned a BSc(Hons) in Computer Studies from the University of South Wales.

Laura Pullins

Laura Pullins

Director, Digital Supply Chain

Laura Pullins

Director, Digital Supply Chain

Laura comes the HULFT with vast hands on experience in operations and supply chain. Her background spans manufacturing, warehousing operations, inventory control, and international trade. Laura has been responsible for all modes of domestic and international transportation including full air charters and heavy lift vessels.

Laura has experienced many of the issues facing supply chains today and is thrilled to be apart of identifying industry solutions.

Kenji Sasaki

Kenji Sasaki

Senior Research Engineer

Kenji Sasaki

Senior Research Engineer

Kenji Sasaki is a senior research engineer at HULFT and has over 15 years of experience within the enterprise data integration space. Having held both developer and managerial roles, Kenji has solid experience working with customers and partners to design, develop, and adapt customized solutions.

Keith Sheridan

Keith Sheridan

Chief Solutions Architect

Keith Sheridan

Chief Solutions Architect

Keith has spent over 25 years in software development and operations. His experience spans both large enterprises and small companies, and he has led engineering teams at Eastman Kodak and Johnson & Johnson Clinical Products. Before HULFT, he was CTO of NextgenID, a provider of identity assurance solutions.

As Chief Solutions Architect at HULFT, Keith works closely with HULFT customers in both the pre-sales and post-sales phases to develop and deliver solutions that meet customer needs.

Keith has a degree in computer engineering, and throughout his career, he has served as the development manager for multiple teams implementing and supporting production systems. In these roles, he drove efforts to bring process improvements to the teams, mentored junior developers, and was a senior technical lead on many projects.

Vivian Shic

Vivian Shic

Senior Director of Marketing

Vivian Shic

Senior Director of Marketing

With over a decade of corporate communications experience in the technology industry, Vivian is a strategic storyteller and has built and executed integrated marketing campaigns for B2B companies of all stages. Vivian oversees all HULFT U.S. marketing efforts, including public and analyst relations, brand development, content marketing, and digital marketing. Prior to HULFT, Vivian worked on both the agency and client-side of public relations, including Weber Shandwick, Trend Micro, and DayNine Consulting (acquired by Accenture).

Vivian is graduate of The University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and holds Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Temple University.

 

Hiro Shinomiya

Hiro Shinomiya

Principal Software Engineer

Hiro Shinomiya

Principal Software Engineer

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Hiro is Certified Project Manager (PMI and Agile/SCRUM,) BA and Software Developer; experienced in Financial/Banking, HealthCare, Engineering/Manufacturing, Scientific, iPaaS, Strategic and Business Architectural Consulting; not-for-Profit and Agency-based. Have managed in-house Software Development projects and Package projects, ERP's on-prem and hosted (SaaS.) Fluent in Japanese language; originally from Hamamatsu, Japan.

Ken Takagi

Ken Takagi

Vice President, Strategic Initiative

Ken Takagi

Director, Strategic Initiative

Globally experienced business development veteran.

Lived, studied and worked in US, Europe and Japan.

John Viray

John Viray

Technical Support Manager

John Viray

Technical Support Manager

Global Offices

U.S. Headquarters

1820 Gateway Drive, Suite 120
San Mateo, CA
info@hulftinc.com

(855) 815-1518

Shanghai

38/D, No.1068 Tianshan West Road
+86-21-6239-9201
Mk@hulftchina.com

Singapore

7 Temasek Boulevard, #32-51, Suntec Tower 1, Singapore 038987
+65-6678-6566
SalesSupport_ASEAN@hulft.com

Detroit

412 S. Washington Ave., Suite 100
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

Tokyo

Saison Information Systems Co., Ltd.
HULFT Business Unit
19F Akasaka Intercity AIR
+81-3-6370-2000
info@hulftinc.com

London

Saison Information Systems Co., Ltd.
6th Floor, First Central 200
2 Lakeside Drive
info_emea@hulft.com

Global Partners

Americas

Sunrise Logistics Solutions (America), Ltd.
21061 S. Western Ave. Suite 300, Torrance, CA 90501, USA
Tel. +1-310-787-3460
hulft@sunrise-lsa.com

India

Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic Pvt. Ltd.
E-44/2, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-2, New Delhi 110 020, India
Tel. +91-11-4925-0700 / +91-11-49250723

United Kingdom

Newton Information Technology Ltd.
1 Olympic Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0NP
Tel. +44-20-8782-1920
www.newtonit.com
sales@newtonit.com

Influential Software Services Ltd.
28th floor, 30 St Mary Axe (aka The Gherkin),
London EC3A 8BF
Tel. +44-845-643-0592
www.influentialsoftware.com
contact@influentialsoftware.com

South Korea

LG Hitachi Ltd.
121-721 LG Mapo Building 8F, 275 Kongduk-Dong,
Mapo-Gu, Seoul, South Korea
Tel. +82-70-8290-4500
lgh-hulft@lghitachi.co.kr

TETRA Communications Inc.
Taekwang Building 4F, 789-7, Yeoksam-Dong,
KangNam-ku, Seoul, South Korea
Tel. +82-2-3287-4570

Global Technology and Strategic Partners

 

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