Kinaxis to Transform Supply Chains in Japan

New Leadership and First-Rate Conference Demonstrates Commitment to Growing Opportunities in the Japanese Supply Chain Management Market

Tokyo, Japan, December 2, 2010 –Kinaxis, provider of the on-demand supply chain management (SCM) and sales and operations planning (S&OP) software service, RapidResponse, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Richard Lord as vice president, Asia-Pacific Japan and Toshiya Kaneko as president and representative director of Kinaxis Japan.

New Leadership

With over 20 years of experience building effective enterprise software teams in Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ), including a previous tenure at Kinaxis, Richard Lord is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the Kinaxis APJ operations and ensuring alignment and integration of all sales, marketing, partner, and product/services programs. Establishing a broader brand presence and greater market awareness, most immediately in Japan, is the primary goal of the new leadership team.

“Having already established a notable presence in Japan, we are committed to building upon our business momentum to capitalize on the very exciting market opportunity we see for the region,” says Lord. “We are fortunate to be supported by several strong partners, as well as backed by a global sales and marketing group. Together, we are aiming high with a goal to transform supply chains in Japan and beyond. With the Kinaxis RapidResponse product, we are doing it.”

Kinaxis delivers a solution which is at the very heart of planning and decision making for large manufacturing companies with complex supply chains and volatile business environments. Companies choose RapidResponse because it offers them a single interface for supporting supply chain management (SCM), sales and operations planning (S&OP) and purchasing, sales and inventory (PSI) processes. The company’s customers are world leaders from across the globe and include companies such as Casio, Nikon, Sanyo, Toshiba and Unicharm. The company’s continued success is founded on its ability to deliver measurable results for its customers.

Kinaxis Conference – Kinexions Japan

To recognize its customer and partner success, Kinaxis will be hosting a complimentary conference event December 8 -9, 2010 at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. The second day of the event is for prospects and is also open to the media, providing guests with an ideal opportunity to learn more about the company, product and business plans for the region.

Conference attendees will hear first-hand how Kinaxis customers are using the RapidResponse solution both strategically and tactically to achieve breakthroughs in operations performance and customer satisfaction. With RapidResponse, companies are building better plans and rapidly and more profitably responding to constant changes in demand, supply and product. This year’s event will include case study presentations by Nikon Digital Imaging, Unicharm and Qualcomm.

Kinaxis Asia-Pacific Japan in 2011

The Kinexions conference represents a celebratory milestone for Kinaxis Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ) with its added leadership and a more focused concentration, most notably within the Japan, Hong Kong, and greater China regions. Looking forward, the Kinaxis APJ group aims to build the RapidResponse brand and drive further market adoption. The path to success will come from strengthening customer relationships, energizing partners and educating the prospect market on the technology and solution differentiators of RapidResponse that make it the end-to-end supply chain system of choice for so many of the largest and most innovative manufacturers in the world.

About Kinaxis

If you are trying to manage supply chain volatility and complexity — the new normal in supply chains —and are thinking ‘there’s got to be a better way,’ there is. With a single on-demand service, you can tackle the multitude of supply chain management and S&OP challenges that threaten your performance on a daily basis. Companies use RapidResponse to make decisions quickly, collaboratively, and directly in line with their financial and operational objectives. You too can join over 30,000 users across a broad range of industries, including aerospace & defense, consumer products, high tech electronics, industrial, and life sciences, that are already realizing a competitive advantage by leveraging RapidResponse for collaborative planning, continuous performance management, and coordinated response to plan variances. Learn more about the RapidResponse editions, or join the industry discussions on our Supply Chain Expert community at:

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