May 8, 2012: KVH to Appoint Edward Higase as President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director
Press release: May 8, 2012
Tokyo, May 8, 2012 – KVH Co., Ltd., Asia’s leading information delivery platform, today announced that Mr. Edward Higase will be appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of KVH. Mr. Higase will succeed Mr. Richard Warley, who will become a member of the Board of Directors of KVH. These changes will take effect from May 16, 2012.
Most recently Mr. Higase served as Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Global Crossing Ltd.’s (currently Level 3 Communications) Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) businesses, responsible for a regional business serving a customer portfolio of multi-national corporate enterprises, UK public sector, and service providers. Mr. Higase brings to KVH more than 20 years of global ICT business leadership experience. He has extensive expertise in the multi-national corporate enterprise and service provider markets, and broad exposure to multiple business cultures having worked in Tokyo, New York, London and across the Asia Pacific region.
Before joining Global Crossing in 2000, he served in Tokyo as General Manager, Corporate Markets for Dell Computer Corporation. Mr. Higase began his career with AT&T Corporation in 1990, where he focused predominantly in the corporate enterprise segment, including leadership roles at AT&T Corporate Business Markets Division in Japan and at AT&T Solutions Outsourcing Division in the USA. Mr. Higase holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Mr. Rakesh Bhasin, Chairman of the KVH Board, commented “KVH is pleased to welcome Ted Higase and will benefit from his significant international experience in leading KVH’s expansion in the Asia Pacific region and driving growth in our Japan customer base. KVH is now recognized as a top provider of integrated communications, network and IT management services, and our Board is confident that Ted’s leadership and collaboration with the KVH management team will continue the growth and expansion of KVH’s business. On behalf of the KVH Board, I would also like to thank Richard Warley for his leadership and contributions in steering KVH through the aftermath of the March 2011 disasters, establishing a clear strategic framework for the business and implementing an aggressive program of change that has enabled KVH to emerge as Asia’s leading Information Delivery Platform. We are pleased that Richard will remain involved with the strategic direction of the company within the Devonshire Investors family, and that we will continue to benefit from his expertise and counsel as a KVH Board member.”
KVH was established in Tokyo in 1999 by Fidelity Investments as a Japan focused IT/communications service provider. As an information delivery platform that allows enterprise customers to store, process, protect and deliver their vital business information, KVH offers integrated cloud and network solutions that include infrastructure-as-a-service, managed services, data center services, professional services, data networking, internet access, and voice services. KVH operates the lowest latency network in Japan, and with over 450 financial services customers, is the leading provider of ultra low-latency network and proximity hosting solutions to the high-frequency trading community in Tokyo and Osaka. KVH also offers low-latency connectivity services between major financial markets in the Asia/Pacific region and the US including Tokyo, Chicago, Aurora, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Sydney. More information on KVH can be found at www.kvh.co.jp/en/