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Who We Are

Tokyo-based Softbank and Paris-based Aldebaran share more than ten years of excellence in innovation, development, and groundbreaking robotics research and design. They have merged their respective expertise in these areas to bring the world's first truly humanoid, consumer-facing robots to the Western Hemisphere with SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA), based out of San Francisco, California.

What We Do

Robots are the latest evolution of "smart" technology, embodying most of the innovations that have come before. Humanoid robot form factors give us the best user experience - technology that feels familiar and interacts in ways with which we are comfortable. We create humanoid companion robots and services that define the role everyday robotics will play in our lives, through continued development, evolution, and education.

Our Leadership Team

Fumihide Tomizawa

President & CEO

Fumihide Tomizawa began his career at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation in 1997 before joining SoftBank Group in 2000. He sat in various key positions in SoftBank Group's major business segments including broadband services and mobile communication services, and successfully led many new business ventures such as data communication services, new natural energy, and many JV establishments with global partners.

He was chosen to lead of the SoftBank's robotics project in 2011, which was founded to be the core bearer of SoftBank Group’s vision, and became the President and CEO of SoftBank Robotics Group Corp. in 2014.

Kenichi “Kent” Yoshida

EVP — Chief Business Officer

Kenichi ‘Kent’ Yoshida is serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer at SoftBank Robotics, leading the SoftBank robotic project for the past 4 years since the beginning of the project. Prior to joining SoftBank Group, he was a co-founder and COO of an enterprise software startup company called Realcom and led the company to IPO.

Kent has been working at starting new businesses in SoftBank since 2010.

Kazutaka Hasumi

EVP — Chief Creative Officer

Kazutaka Hasumi has served on the Board of Directors in the content marketing division at SoftBank Robotics since 2014. He joined SoftBank in 2008 and was responsible for the content service department of SoftBank’s mobile division. He also launched the company’s e-book distribution service, “Viewn” as a board director.

Kazutaka started his career in the broadcasting industry by joining TV Asahi after graduating from Hitotsubashi University. During his time at the company, he oversaw the production of a wide variety of Japan’s most famous and popular TV programmes, broadcasted across the nation, working as the primary producer.

Dai Sakata

EVP — Chief Technology Officer, Software

Dai Sakata is serving as Chief Technology Officer of Software at Softbank Robotics and has been managing the Software, IT, Cloud, Fleet and Product teams since 2016. For more than 10 years, he has been leading various product planning and development in eAccess (acquired by Softbank) and Softbank Group Corp.

Xavier Lacherade

EVP — Chief Technology Officer, Hardware

Xavier has gained a strong background from his 18+ years in Healthcare Industry, with a focus on both Manufacturing and Engineering positions. He has led many new product launch projects and been an integral member of the design, development and qualification process. Always eager to learn and improve, Xavier has his certified Six Sigma Green Belt and brings his expertise in all technical processes at SoftBank Robotics.

Rodolphe Gelin

EVP — Chief Scientific Officer

As a graduate of the School of Civil Engineering (l’Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées) and with a DEA in Artificial Intelligence, Rodolphe Gelin has 20 years of experience in research with teams in the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA)- most notably in robotics used to assist people. Rodolphe joined SoftBank Robotics in 2008 as Director of Research and Head of Collaborative Projects. He is also the head of the ROMEO project to create a large robot designed to assist the elderly. Rodolphe Gelin now leads the Innovation team which aims to develop new technologies for current robots and continue exploration of humanoid robotics.

Valérie Jabot

EVP — Chief Financial Officer

Valérie Jabot has over twenty years of finance experience in major international groups in the pharmaceutical, services and heavy industry sectors. At SoftBank Robotics she oversees the human resources and the control and management of process change projects on a European scale.

Charles Broussaudier

VP — Chief Information Officer

Charles Broussaudier has a deep expertise in leading teams and is responsible for SoftBank Robotics’ information technology and computer systems which support the enterprise’s goals.

Alain Hui Bon Hoa

VP — Chief Services Officer

Alain Hui Bon Hoa has fifteen years of experience with General Electric, where he held several senior leadership positions in Operations and Strategic Projects. He brings strong experience in developing Fleet services, driving customer centricity and leading large teams in a matrix organisation structure.

Steve Carlin

VP — Chief Strategy Officer

Steve Carlin oversees all commercial activity for North and South America. Prior to SoftBank Robotics, he worked at Facebook as the Global Head of Strategy – Gaming, at Ubisoft as the Senior Director of Marketing and Insights, and held multiple roles in sales, marketing and strategy for Energizer and Procter & Gamble. Steve is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Julien Seret

VP — Head of Global Product

Julien brings an in-depth understanding of a wide range of technologies and business models in diverse industries. He held business development and technical marketing positions at STMicroelectronics, Archos and Gostai. He successfully launched complex B2B products ranging from national e-ID card programs, secure payment solutions, to the first 3G-enabled tablets and telepresence robots.