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Akio Saito, Founding Partner


Akio Saito founded ANS Associates in May, 2006. Prior to ANS Associates, he spent about forty years in
the telecommunications and network field. In the recent twenty-five years, he primarily worked for foreign country-based companies, such as Andrew, Nortel, Stratacom, Bay Networks, Atento-Pasona (a Telefonica CRMbusiness unit of Japan), Ciena, etc., holding a variety of senior executive positions with full responsibilities for their Japan operations. Before joining Andrew Corporation to establish their Japan operations, he started his business career with Hitachi, Ltd.

His experiences are ranging from genuine start-up operations, business development, sales & marketing, consulting through heading hundreds employees of Japan operations.

C-level position roles Akio has played in his career is listed as follows.
  • Founding Partnerl at ANS Associates since 2006
  • Vice President for Asia at Ciena Corporation
  • Managing Director and Representative Director at Ciena Communications Japan K.K.
  • Vice Chairman, President & COO, Co-CEO at Atento Pasona K.K.
  • President and CEO, Enterprise Solutions, Japan operations at Notel Networks Inc.
  • General Manager and Representative Director at Stratacom Japan K.K. (acquired by Cisco Japan K.K.)
  • Vice President and Bord of Director at Northern Telecom Japan K.K.

Akio Saito holds Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering from Keio University, Tokyo.

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Mr. Tetsuro Mikami, Senior Business Partner (Founder and CEO, CASL)


Mr. Mikami, who is an influential seasoned veteran with his unparalleled successful track records in the telecom carrier space and industries, founded CASL (Challenge And Smile Laboratories) to provide consulting services for global business and human resources development in 2013.

Before founding CASL, Mr. Mikami was Vice President and Executive Officer at Hitachi Cable.  Prior to Hitachi Cable, he spent more than 30 years with NTT Group, taking a variety of senior executive positions which included CEO of NTT Singapore, Vice President of Global Business at NTT Communications, General Manager of Long Distance at NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone), Director of Corporate Planning at NTT America, and Senior Manager, Europe and North America at NTT.

Mr. Mikami holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electronic Engineering from Yokohama National University (YNU).  He serves Yokohama Kogyoukai, Public Interest Incorporated Foundation as Director of the board. He also serves Alumni Association of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at YNU as Chairman.

Naoki Ido, Partner (President of Voyager Planning, Inc.):


Mr. Ido, who has very successful track records in the information, communications and technology (ICT) industry, founded Voyager Planning, a technology business consulting firm in 2007.  

Before founding the company, Mr. Ido was Vice-President of Extreme Networks, a US based leading supplier of network system and President of Extreme Networks Japan where he led the Japan team to number one position in business growth rating among Extreme Networks’ international organizations. Mr. Ido has been involved in systems engineering and technology since the 1970’s and is a recipient of many awards and technical licenses.  He is also a published author on the subject matter of network and IT systems. 

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