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Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Business Bio   LinkedIn Profile 

Ever since I was an elementary school student, I loved science and machinery. My first piece of machinery was a crystal radio set, but I quickly advanced to a vacuum tube stereo amplifier and became an amateur radio operator. As a high school student, I began to play with computer hardware, and built my own logic circuit. While I was in high school, I initially thought I would become a scientist, but among my classmates were people who were extremely talented mathematicians and physicists, so I realized I needed to take a different path. So at university in Japan, I majored in law, and went to a law school in the U.S., but I continued to tinker with electronics. While attending law classes during the day, I was attending night school to learn about computer software programs like ASSEMBLER, COBOL, and FORTRAN.  The 1970s was a time when the IBM 360 system was a popular mainframe computer, so studying software at that time was extremely unusual.

I spent much of my career at a large international Japanese company that specialized in computers and networking, and I ended up spending 17 years living in the U.S. Since the 1990s, I spent much of my career focused on the growth of the internet, and the digital economy as a whole. But something like the digital economy isn’t really an effort that can be self-sustaining , so I  went into security, privacy, intellectual property, and many other policy issues and ended up writing books and papers as well as drafting several bills that became laws. At this time, I was also the first member of the board representing Asia-Pacific for ICANN(Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Through these activities, I was fortunate to work with many of the founders of what have now become globally leading IT companies.   
Currently at Xinova, I help give birth to new technologies and find the best possible homes for these breakthroughs that I hope will make an impact on society. Even after all these years, I still have that same childhood curiosity about cutting edge technology, but I always seem to get pulled in to meeting and trying to analyze inventions and encourage new ideas from our network. Although I am not an engineer myself, I see myself as an originator of new innovations.”

Our Team

Yan Sheng

Senior Vice President, Head of China

Mai Huong Tran


Rahul Das

Vice President

Jimin “Eva” Kim

Office Administrator

Amy Greime

Vice President | Finance & Accounting

Grace Fox

HR Generalist

Matt Ferguson, PhD

Vice President of Network & Technology

Eliot Baker

Programs and Content Manager

Clariz Adelle Mariano

Software Engineer

Glenn Edens

Partner, Innovation Programs

Al DeNooyer

Innovation Business Development Representative

Brett Hertzberg

Legal Consultant

Dan Cook

Vice President, Growth & Scale Group

Madeline Song

Managing Director

Doug Loy, Ph.D.

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Sherri Richman

Innovation Business Development Representative

Nick Milanovich

Director | Innovation Services Group

Kelly Romano

Managing Director | Innovation Programs

Kayo Ikegami

Operations Analyst

Shivani G. Ludwig, Ph.D

Innovation Development Manager

Chal Davidson


Jose Chacon

Finance Manager

Todd Kenck

Chief Financial Officer

Chris Petersen

Software Engineer

Stephen King

Entrepreneur in Residence

Travis Murdock

Vice President of Innovation Partnerships

Dan Dongil Kim

Executive Vice President of Finance

Rob Dhat

VP of Innovation Partnerships

Alyssa Moore

Senior Marketing Manager

Ken Tallo

Partner | Innovation Programs

Kevin Williams

Vice President | Innovation Services Group

Ted Leung

Vice President of Engineering

Jorma Ollila

Executive Chairman

Kaori Iguchi

Office Manager

Yi Lan Chen

Research Coordinator

Harvey Hung

Project Coordinator

Bo Garcia

Director of Innovation Partnerships

David Kraft

Global Head of Innovation Services

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

Director, Innovation Programs

Michelle Axelrod

Office Manager

Hsiu-Wu (Jason) Guo

Innovation Development Manager

Seth Miller

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Raine Hermans

Managing Director, Innovation Programs

Sharat Reddy

General Manager, Marketing & North America Sales

Jessica Roberto

Technical Program Manager

Edward Jung

Founder & CEO

Paul Levins


Imran Sajjad

Staff Accountant

Kyle Dowling

Director of Innovation Partnerships

Joshua Montgomery

Software Engineer

Scott Needham

Country Head of Australia and New Zealand

Rafidah Binte Md Aidi

Project Coordinator

John Kim

IT Manager

Yongsung Kim

Chairman Korea & Asia

Brad Roberts Ph.D.

Global Head of Network Platform

Madan Prabhu

Director | Innovation Services Group

Ken Pawlak

Managing Director

Laura Vowles

Executive Assistant

Stacey Ravetta

General Counsel

Graeme Weston

Vice Chairman and Managing Partner, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship

BK Lee

President Korea

Maggie Ng

Chief of Staff to CEO

Soleil Brisbane

Marketing Specialist

Patrick Ennis

Chief Technology Officer

Brian Yen


Wolfgang Meyers

Software Engineer

Jordan Bundy

Manager, Software Engineer

Mark Klopp

Business Development Consultant

Naoki Bessho

Innovation Development Manager

Nicole Underwood

HR Director

Masanobu Katoh

President | Xinova Japan

Sara Telfer

Senior Product Designer

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We are always seeking new problems to solve, as well as innovators and entrepreneurs to help us solve them. Let’s work together to create the future.

Our Worldwide Locations


311 ½ Occidental Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98104
+1 (206) 800-2678


Xinova Japan GK
Yaesu Mitsui Building 6F
2-7-2 Yaesu, Chuo-ku
Tokyo 104-0028 Japan


Xinova Innovation (Beijing) Consultancy Co. Ltd.
Room 2494, Level 24, Tower 3
China Central Place
77 Jianguo Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, 100025 China


Xinova Asia Pte Ltd.
331 North Bridge Road
#22-01, Odeon Towers
Singapore 188720
+65 6408 5080


Xinova Korea
10th floor, Golfzone Tower
735, Yeongdong-daero
Seoul 06072, Korea
+82 2 6952 8840


Xinova Australasia Pty Ltd.
223 Liverpool St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
+61 2 8093 4850


Xinova India
Suite No 208, 2nd Floor
Survey No 414
PSR Complex
Govinda Reddy (GR) Layout
Bannerghatta Road
Karnataka, 560076, India


Xinova Finland
Erottajankatu 5 A 4
FI-00130 Helsinki

Affiliate offices in Tel Aviv & Vienna