Akihiko “Alex” Sugawara is Chairman & CEO of Hitachi Capital America Corp.¹ as of April 2017. He is also the Board Director for Hitachi Capital Canada Corp.² At Hitachi Capital Corporation in Japan, he is the Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of the Corporate Sales & Marketing Group.
Mr. Sugawara started out his career with Hitachi Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan. He has extensive experience in human resource management, including keeping up-to-date with, and adherence of, personnel policies and regulatory compliance both in Japan and on a global scale. He is also well experienced in globalization of regional offices from planning, establishment, and implementation in places such as San Jose, CA, India, China, and various ASEAN countries.
Mr. Sugawara has a BA in law from Tohoku University in Japan. His wife and their two daughters remain in Japan while he resides in New York.
¹ Hitachi Capital America Corp. is a 100% owned subsidiary of Hitachi Capital Corporation of Tokyo. Based in Norwalk, CT, Hitachi Capital America Corp. offers transportation and commercial financing solutions with a focus on truck, trailer, and floorplan financing; trade financing; small/medium ticket financing; structured financing; and asset-based lending.
² Hitachi Capital Canada Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Capital America Corp. based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.