SumTotal Appoints Manager for Japan Operations

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<p><strong>Tokyo &mdash; Aug. 21</strong><br />SumTotal Systems Inc., a global provider of talent and learning management solutions, has appointed Kenji Takeda as president and country manager for its Japanese operations. </p><p>Takeda will be responsible for managing sales, marketing and operations.<br /><br />”Appointing Kenji Takeda as our country manager for Japan was crucial to growing our business in the world&#39;s second-largest economy,” said Jack Kramer, SumTotal Systems vice president and international general manager. “He has successfully created and managed business relationships in Japan, across Asia and the United States, and he brings more than 20 years of experience with the software and IT industry.”</p><p>Takeda said he is excited for the opportunity.</p><p>”I would like to make use of my many years of experience in the enterprise applications business to expand our opportunities in Japan,” Takeda said. “With our evolving talent-management solutions, I believe we will not only delight our existing customers and partners but also expand our business. </p><p>”I feel, in this new position, I can strengthen our relationships with our business partners by providing technical support, as well as business development activities.”<br /><br />Before joining SumTotal, Takeda was general manager at Systems Union Ltd., a maker of global financial and business management software. While there, he managed day-to-day operations, as well as strategy for the company&#39;s Tokyo office. </p><p>His work included creating a network of channel partners to build a strategic alliance program for Systems Union&#39;s Tokyo office.<br /><br />Takeda also served as a product strategy manager for PeopleSoft Inc. Earlier in his career, Takeda worked for Oracle Corp., where he spent two years on assignment in the United States as the key liaison for Oracle&#39;s Application Business in Japan. </p><p>His role was to work closely with the U.S.-based teams to drive pertinent solutions to the Japan marketplace. </p><p>He also held a management post at Toppan Moore Systems Ltd, where he ran a successful partner channel program in Singapore.<br /><br />Takeda is a graduate of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, and he holds a degree from The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.</p>

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