Yasufumi Hirai is Executive Vice President, CIO and CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), Group Executive Vice President of global internet services company Rakuten, Inc. In his role as CIO and CISO, he is responsible for evolving Rakuten ecosystem services and managing the group-wide IT infrastructure and information security governance in order to create an environment in which employees can work easily and achieve their full potential. Yasufumi also leads the Communications & Energy Company of Rakuten, and is the Rakuten Mobile business officer.
Prior to joining Rakuten, he served as Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, Inc. and President & General Manager of Cisco Systems G.K., where he managed the company’s entire Japan operations. He has also held positions at Microsoft Co., Ltd. (currently Microsoft Japan Co., Ltd) and IBM.
He is currently Advisor of the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) and serves as an Adjunct Researcher in the Institute of Human Resource Studies, Waseda University. Yasufumi is a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics, Kyushu University.