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Aras Names Masahiko Hisatsugu as President of Aras Japan


Leading Japanese Expert on PLM Joins the Aras Management Team and Leads Expansion in the Region

Troy, Michigan and Munich, Germany – May 2, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the appointment of Masahiko Hisatsugu as President of Aras Japan. Based in the new Aras headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, Mr. Hisatsugu will lead the Aras expansion in the Japanese market, overseeing strategy, channels, market development, corporate community and customer satisfaction. The announcement was made at ACE 2012 International, Aras’s global community conference.


Aras’s expansion in Japan marks the company’s second regional headquarters, complementing Aras EMEA in Switzerland, and is a continuation of the ongoing growth trend at Aras. In December 2011 the company announced that it was hiring http://www.aras.com/company/careers.aspx and had expanded global headquarters in Andover, Massachusetts, USA.


“I am proud to join the Aras executive team, and I look forward to working with the Aras employees and our partners around the world to help Japanese businesses improve product lifecycle management with the next generation PLM solutions from Aras,” said Masahiko Hisatsugu, President of Aras Japan.


With over 20 years of experience, Masahiko Hisatsugu is one of the foremost authorities on PLM in Japan. He was the first Metaphase (now Siemens PLM), consultant, introducing PLM to the Japanese market and working with industry leaders including Toyota, Konica Minolta, Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Canon. Later, he was recruited by SAP to build and run SAP PLM in Japan, where he developed business solutions, drove strategic marketing and established the consulting methodology. Mr. Hisatsugu is the author of the book “How to Develop a PLM System” (available on Amazon.com) and most recently founder and President of Progress Partners Consulting, a Japanese PLM consulting firm.


“The breadth and depth of Masahiko Hisatsugu’s PLM expertise in Japan is unequaled,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “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.”


About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass For additional information visit www.aras.com or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm