No.25 - TAKASHI TANAKA (KDDI)


Age: 61

 

Years at current company: 8

 

Nationality: Japanese

 

Industry: Telecoms

 

Turnover: $44bn

 

Rate of growth: 26.3% since 2014

 

 

In an extremely competitive sector, this Japanese executive has put his faith in a ‘3M’ strategy – multi-usage, multi-network and multi-device. The objective? To standardize the performance of its network and access to content. A winning strategy it would seem, as net profits were up 10.5% between 2016 and 2017, and annual growth boosted by 6% in 2018. With the acquisition of Soracom for 175 million dollars, KDDI is seeking to reinforce its position in the IoT domain.      

 

Notable success: At the cutting edge of technology, KDDI is developing its 5G network with a view to the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020 and has already succeeded in broadcasting augmented reality imagery from moving vehicles.

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