19 August 2014

SWIFT appoints new country head for Japan

Yuji Takei to lead relationship management teams and accelerate growth strategy in Japan.

Tokyo, 19 August 2014 - SWIFT today announces the appointment of Yuji Takei as Head of Japan. Takei will be based in Tokyo and will report into Eddie Haddad, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at SWIFT.

Commenting on Takei's appointment, Alain Raes, Chief Executive, Asia Pacific and EMEA, at SWIFT says: "Takei is an experienced global business leader with an exceptional track record in senior management roles across multinational financial technology and professional services companies both in Japan and globally. Takei's deep and broad industry knowledge will be an asset to our clients in Japan, and help us achieve our growth ambitions in the region."

Yuji Takei says: "This is an exciting time to be joining the team and I look forward to leveraging the strength of SWIFT to deliver innovative solutions to banks and corporates in Japan. I am eager to work with our clients to help bring real value to their businesses and extend that value to the broader financial industry, while supporting the projected growth for SWIFT Japan."

Eddie Haddad, Managing Director, Asia Pacific at SWIFT, adds: "Japan is a key market for SWIFT as we continue to grow our footprint across the region. Takei brings a wealth of experience to this role and is well placed to support the growing needs of our financial and corporate clients in Japan."

Takei joins SWIFT from International Data Group (IDG), where he was President & CEO of IDG Japan and IDG Interactive. Previously, he has served as President & CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Japan and D&B TSR (a joint venture between Dun & Bradstreet and Tokyo Shoko Research), as well as Managing Director of Prometric Japan. An industry veteran, Takei spent over 20 years at Reuters Japan across different business divisions culminating in the position of country President & CEO.

Takei holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Keio University in Japan and is married with two children.

SWIFT has been operating in Asia Pacific for over 30 years, starting in Hong Kong and Singapore. Since 2005, SWIFT has opened three additional sales and support offices in Asia, bringing the total number of offices to nine across the region. This includes a Control Centre in Hong Kong and a new corporate services hub that opened in Kuala Lumpur in 2013. 

 

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SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,500 banking organisations, securities institutions and corporate customers in 215 countries and territories. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardised financial information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest.

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