Gigaphoton is approaching the 20th anniversary of its foundation. Under its new management system, Gigaphoton will accelerate its development of EUV light sources – the next generation of lithographic light sources – while ensuring its position as industry leader in excimer lasers for use in lithography. It will also continue to enthusiastically engage in its new project, started in fiscal 2016, to apply existing technologies to new fields. With these three projects at the center, Gigaphoton’s goal is to grow even further, together with its customers and suppliers.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Katsumi Uranaka was appointed President & CEO in April 2017. Uranaka joined Komatsu Ltd. in 1984 where he was in charge of manufacturing and engineering of construction machinery components. After the foundation of Gigaphoton, he served as a General Manager of the Production Division. After being appointed to a director in June 2012, he served as General Manager of the Global Subsidiaries Management Division and the Corporate Planning Division, and has worked vigorously for the company’s principle of “providing products with the best technology and quality.” As President & CEO, his goal is for Gigaphoton to continue to grow together with its customers and suppliers, and he will strive wholeheartedly toward that goal.
Hakaru Mizoguchi was appointed Vice President & CTO in April 2012. After joining Komatsu in 1982, he was fully involved in the development of the CO2 laser. For two years from 1988 he was involved in excimer laser technology research as a guest researcher at the Max Planck Research Institute in Göttingen, Germany. He then obtained a doctorate from Kyushu University, and in 1998 was appointed General Manager of the Laser Research Department, Research Center, where he played a central role in research on excimer lasers in Japan. Mizoguchi has been a part of Gigaphoton’s management since its foundation, serving as General Manager of the Research Division, General Manager of the Development Division, General Manager of Customer Support Division, and Director and CTO. He has promoted research and development of the KrF, ArF, and F2 laser light sources and of EUV light sources for photolithography. Since April 2017 he has been in charge of research and intellectual property, and engaged in promoting the company’s cutting-edge technological development as General Manager of the Research Division.
Member of SPIE, the Laser Society of Japan, and the Japan Society of Applied Physics
Hideichi Sato was appointed a director in June 2011. Sato joined Komatsu Ltd. in 1983, where he gained experience in a wide range of tasks including R&D and sales. Sato has participated in the management of Gigaphoton since its foundation, and has served as General Manager of the Product Planning Division, the Corporate Planning and Management Division, the General Administration Division, the Corporate Planning Division, etc. Since April 2017 he has been in charge of promoting reform and software & service integration, as well as participating in the management of the company as CIO and General Manager of the Reform Promotion Division.
Senior Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer
Tatsuo Enami was appointed a director in June 2017. He joined Komatsu Ltd. in 1996. Since Gigaphoton was founded, he has contributed to the growth of the company as General Manager of the Marketing Division and General Manager of the Sales Division. Since April 2017, he has been in charge of corporate planning, sales, customer support, production, and the Singapore Branch, and will now also be involved in the management of the company as a director.
Senior Executive Officer & Chief Technical Officer
Takashi Saito was appointed a director in June 2017. He was transferred from Ushio Inc. to Gigaphoton in 2000 when the company was founded, and served as Deputy General Manager of the Development Division and General Manager of the Customer Support Division. After joining Gigaphoton in 2010, he has served as General Manager of the EUV Development Division since 2012 for the development of leading-edge technologies that support the future of the company. Since April 2017, he has been in charge of EUV business promotion, EUV development, laser development, and quality assurance, and will now also be involved in the management of the company as a director.
Senior Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Noriaki Tomimuro was appointed a director in June 2019. Tomimuro joined Komatsu Ltd. in 1982, where, after experiencing Director and Finance Manager of Komatsu Brazil, Director, CFO and Vice President of Komatsu Indonesia, he served as General Manager of Accounting Division and Director of Audit Office. From July 2019, he has been in charge of management and general affairs, and participated in the administration of Gigaphoton as CFO and General Manager of the Control Division.