Aras Expands Global Operations and Appoints Masahiko Hisatsugu President of Aras Japan

Expansion supports growing demand for advanced PLM solutions throughout the region

Andover, Mass.—May 2, 2012—Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software provider Aras expanded operations to Tokyo, Japan in response to growing demand globally for the Aras Innovator suite of PLM solutions. Masahiko Hisatsugu, newly appointed President of Aras Japan, based out of the Tokyo, Japan headquarters, will lead the Aras expansion in the Japanese market, overseeing strategy, channels, market development, corporate community and customer satisfaction. As part of its newly extended operations, Aras will add consulting and support operations, and strengthen its current partner network throughout the region.

“In today’s market with short product lifecycles and dynamic conditions, businesses need next generation PLM solutions that can keep pace with ever-changing demands,” said Masahiko Hisatsugu, President of Aras Japan. “The Aras expansion in Japan offers companies throughout the region a highly flexible, scalable and secure PLM solution that drives results and provides a distinct competitive business advantage.”

Aras Japan marks the company’s second regional headquarters, complementing Aras EMEA in Switzerland.

“The response to Aras has been very strong in Japan and we are pleased to increase our investment in the region,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Leading businesses throughout Japan, like many around the world, recognize the value of the Aras platform and business model. Our customers are able to significantly reduce the risk of a global PLM deployment while enjoying a true partnership with their provider.”

Most recently, Hisatsugu was Founder and President of Progress Partners Consulting. He has over 20 years of experience, with past leadership roles at Metaphase (now Siemens PLM) and SAP, and is the author of the book “How to Develop a PLM System.”

“The breadth and depth of Masahiko Hisatsugu’s PLM expertise in Japan is unequaled,” said Schroer. “His knowledge, leadership and experience will be a great benefit to our customers, our partners and our company as we expand the Aras presence in Japan. We are extremely pleased to have him leading this effort.”

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