Meet our executive team

Nasanari Arai

Masanari Arai

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Masanari Arai is co-founder and CEO of Kii Corporation in Japan. Masanari has more than 18 years experience in the mobile software space in Silicon Valley. He joined Intellisync in 1995 as one of the original members of the company, holding positions as VP Product Marketing, VP Business Development, GM for Asia and President of Intellisync Japan. After Nokia acquired Intellisync, he served as the country manager for Nokia Japan Enterprise System. In 2008, he handled the MBO of Japan business from Nokia to start Synclore Corporation, which acquired Silicon Valley based Servo Software in 2010 to form Kii Corporation.

Prior to starting his career in Silicon Valley, Masanari was the product manager of the original IBM ThinkPad 700 Series. He holds a Master of Computer Science from Toyohashi University of Technology.

Masanari has led industry standardization organizations such as IrDA (Board of Directors) and OMA SyncML.

Naoshi Suzuki

Naoshi Suzuki

CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Naoshi Suzuki is co-founder of Kii Corporation (f.k.a. Synclore Corporation), focused on creating steady business with wireless operators and phone manufactures. Prior to Kii, he managed the Intellisync business in Japan for various data synchronization server and client software products.

He has also served as product manager and design manager at IBM Corporation and IBM Japan in business line management, architecture, and system design. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo.

Masaru Ohta

Masaru Ohta

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)

Masaru Ohta has 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, and over 10 years of experience in private equity investment and capital markets. He currently serves as executive management to several venture companies as an external board member as well.

Prior to Kii, he served on the boards of Phoenix Capital, one of the largest private equity funds focusing on buyout and business recovery in Japan, where he had led their investment team. He invested around JPY32 billion and brought a large amount of capital gain to the investors of the funds and to the company itself. Prior to that, he was employed by Mitsubishi UFJ Capital(predecessor to UFJ Capital), where he was in charge of corporate planning and business administration further to venture investment.

He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in 1991, where he held various advisory roles over 10 years. He had been engaged in audits of financial statements of IT and hi-tech companies and in consulting services, especially business process re-engineering; implementation of ERP software; and in financial advisory services such as M&A. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is member of the Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Phani Pandrangi

Phani Pandrangi

CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER (CPO)

Phani Pandrangi is the Chief Product Officer at Kii, in charge of product vision, management and execution. Previously, Phani was Director of Product Management at Software AG where he was responsible for the webMethods Business Process Management product. Prior to that, he held product management and product development roles at BEA Systems, Plumtree Software, Datasweep and Savvion.

Phani holds an MBA from University of California at Berkeley, a Master’s in Computer Science from Oregon State University and Bachelor’s in Computer Science & Engineering from Osmania University.

Dominique Tu

Dominique Tu

CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER (CIO) / KII CHINA - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dominique Tu is a seasoned executive in the mobile and software industries with over 15 years of leadership experience in Greater China and Asia Pacific. Before joining Kii, Tu was the founder of iAngel Corp, aimed at providing angel seed funding to early start-ups in Greater China. He has also served as Director, Business Development & Partner Alliance (Asia) of Nokia Corporation; Vice President of Sales (Asia) of Intellisync until it acquired by Nokia in 2006; He has also worked in start-up companies, including Realvision, Hong Kong (Mobile Hardware, funded by GSM Capital) and PrivyLink, Singapore (Internet Security, funded by TDF Capital) as Director of Sales, Asia. Before moving to the mobile & software industries, Tu was Senior Manager, Smart Card & E-Commerce of Standard Chartered Bank (Asia Pacific).

He graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and holds a Master’s degree in International Business from the Macquarie University, Australia. He is pursuing his PhD in Mobile Consumer Behavior at Chinese Academy of Science.

Susumu Ishizuka

Susumu Ishizuka

VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

Susumu provides technical leadership in building and growing Kii platform. He joined Kii as an early member of Synclore where he built a strong engineering team. Prior to Kii and Synclore, he drove several software projects including building gaming consoles and implementing network protocols like MANET and IPsec.

When he is away from his keyboard, he enjoys juggling, playing legos and Minecraft with his kids. Susumu holds a masters in Semiconductor Physics from the University of Tokyo.

Devkumar Das

Devkumar Das

SVP & GM FOR THE AMERICAS

Dev brings over 20 years of leadership experience launching and scaling venture backed businesses to achieve annual revenues in excess of $200M, working with Tier 1 service providers and channels including: AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DTAG, Cisco, Nokia, and Ericsson. Dev has extensive experience working with large, multifunctional, technical teams to deliver complex products and services.

As Head of Global Sales, Dev has led several venture/PE backed companies to market success, including OZ Communications, Mavenir Systems, Radialpoint, Vantrix, and EcoFactor. He has also held senior leadership positions within Nokia, Comverse, and Logica. Dev has a proven track record of building cohesive, high-impact sales teams, instituting best-practices for sales, and delivering accelerated revenue/profit growth.

Dev holds an MBA in Finance from the Bajaj Institute of Management, Bombay and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India.