Kobo Management Team

Takahito 'Taka' Aiki - Chief Executive Officer

Takahito "Taka" Aiki

Chief Executive Officer

Takahito "Taka" Aiki is the Chief Executive Officer at Kobo, and brings with him a wealth of experience to the role. He began his career at Japanese telecoms giant NTT before embarking on his first of two successful stints at global management consultancy Bain & Company, where he was named Coach of the Year and managed the Firm’s Project of the Year in 2006. Taka also spent 2 years at Tsutaya, Japan’s largest chain of video rental shops and bookstores. There, he helmed corporate planning and marketing for Tsutaya Online, where he led growth in online membership from 2 to 5 million members.

In 2007, Taka joined Rakuten, Inc., where he was assigned to the company’s struggling telecoms business, Fusion Communications, which was losing 3 billion JPY per year at the time. In 2009, he was named CEO, where he oversaw a 180-degree turnaround in Fusion’s business, which is now a reliable profit centre for Rakuten that now generates 2 billion JPY per year in profit. In addition to leading Fusion, Taka has also managed 6 other Rakuten Group businesses, including Media and Marketing Research and is a Rakuten, Inc. Managing Executive Officer.

Taka graduated from Cornell’s MBA program in 1999 and is an avid book lover and a big sports fan, especially of the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles baseball team.

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Michael Tamblyn - President & Chief Content Officer


President & Chief Content Officer

Michael is President and Chief Content Officer at Kobo, and works closely with CEO Taka Aiki to further develop Kobo’s world-class platform, while keeping sustainable and long-term profitable growth central to the organization’s strategies. He brings tremendous insight into what readers want and continues to inspire Kobo with his creative ideas and passion for eBooks and eReading; on the content side, Michael is responsible for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo's web and mobile services.

Prior to joining Kobo, Tamblyn was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData. Tamblyn also co-founded Canada's first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he also served as Vice President of Online Operations.

Michael holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

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Trevor Hunter - Chief Technology Officer


Chief Technology Officer

Trevor is the Chief Technology Officer at Kobo, and is responsible for the innovative technology behind all facets of Kobo’s world-class eReading service. He oversees the engineering practice that holds quality and innovation in high regard, while always keeping the key focus on what customers want and need in a digital reading ecosystem. Previously, Trevor held the role of Enterprise Architect at Kobo, where he devised actionable strategies to support the company’s business goals by employing best practices, while ensuring development and operational reliability for internet-scale architectures.

Prior to joining Kobo, Trevor held various roles at Infusion, where he grew his experience as a trusted advisor through his work across a diverse set of verticals including retail, travel & hospitality, and financial services.

Trevor holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Ulster.

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Alan MacNevin - Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer


Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer

Alan MacNevin is Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer at Kobo, and is responsible for driving revenue and customer acquisition by harnessing innovation and strengthening customer relationships. He has unparalleled knowledge about Kobo’s customers, and focuses on the full lifecycle of the customer relationship from acquisition to retention. In his role, Alan oversees content sales and customer value optimization, marketing, customer care, and business development.

Prior to joining Kobo, he held marketing positions at Chapters Online, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and Bell Mobility. Most recently, Alan served on the executive team at Sirius Satellite Radio as Vice President, CRM, where he was also a founding member of the management team for the Canadian organization.

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Kio Murato - Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer


Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Kio is the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at Kobo, and oversees both the finance team as well as the operational end of the business as it applies to the human resources department and the facilities function for Kobo HQ and its other holdings. His mandate is to assist teams across the organization to think through both the financial implications and operational aspects of any given initiative and their impact on the customer experience.

Prior to joining Kobo, Kio worked for Rakuten on post-acquisition integrations for companies such as Wuaki.tv, The Grommet, and Webgistix; in his role, he established reporting processes to ensure efficient communication between acquired companies’ and Rakuten’s executive management teams. Before Rakuten, Kio also spent a large part of his career at Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting Co., where he worked in Finance Transformation Services.

Kio is a Chartered Member of the Security Analysts Association of Japan, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Keio University. He most recently received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business.

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Dan Budlovsky - Executive Vice President, Finance


Executive Vice President, Finance

As Kobo’s Executive Vice President, Finance, Dan is responsible for keeping the company’s financial house in order as Kobo grows its market share and expands globally. He is responsible for setting the financial strategy and overseeing the finance department’s activities, which include financial planning & performance management; internal controls & compliance; and operational support for all areas of the business. Since he joined Kobo in its first year of operation, Dan has played a key role in the achievement of many Kobo milestones, including the establishment of foundational system implementations during the start-up phase; sell-side deal support throughout the Rakuten acquisition phase; and leading financial due diligence initiatives in the course of closing several key strategic partnership agreements and acquisitions that have proved pivotal in Kobo’s on-going hyper-growth initiatives.

Prior to joining Kobo, Dan held several executive finance positions at growth-oriented technology companies including: Novator eCommerce, PlateSpin, and Open Text where he contributed to strategic decision-making and the establishment of foundational processes connected to the financial objectives. Prior to his experience in the technology field, Dan worked at KPMG while attaining his professional accountancy designation.

Dan holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University; he also holds his Chartered Professional Accountancy designation.

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Scott Cleaver - Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Partner Management


Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Partner Management

Scott is the Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Partner Management at Kobo. He is responsible for leading all elements of the global supply chain and operations, which include forecasting, vendor management, inventory, cost management, distribution, and compliance; in addition, he is responsible for strengthening and building the company’s relationships with retail partners around the world. Utilizing his supply chain experience, he established business processes specifically built to efficiently support Kobo’s global expansion and distribution needs, while improving flexibility and reducing costs. He works closely with the company’s global partners to further drive sales of Kobo’s products, which include E Ink eReaders, Android tablets, and accessories.

Prior to joining Kobo, Scott held senior supply chain management and operations positions at Spin Master, where he managed large inventories worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year and was instrumental in supporting significant revenue growth. He also worked at Celestica, where he held a variety of roles and worked on top accounts such as Motorola, Sun Micro Systems, and Juniper.

Scott studied Business Marketing at Sheridan College.

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