PRESS RELEASE: AOL announces Hirotaka Sakashita as Country Manager for AOL Platforms Japan

October 26, 2016


TOKYO, Japan -- October 26, 2016 - AOL today announced that following the conclusion of its agreement with Mitsui & Co to take complete ownership of AOL Platforms Japan (APJ), existing Chief Operating Officer Hirotaka Sakashita has been appointed as Country Manager for AOL Platforms Japan.

Sakashita joined AOL in 2015 via its strategic partnership with Microsoft whereby AOL assumed management and sales responsibility for all of Microsoft’s display, mobile and video advertising inventory in nine key global markets, including Japan.  At Microsoft, Sakashita worked in a variety of roles over a decade before finally serving as Director, Product & Solution Department, where he was responsible for maximising revenues through advertising product planning to sales activity.

“It is an honour to be asked to lead AOL Platforms Japan’s talented and ambitious team. Japan is a market that is central to AOL’s future growth and ambitions to connect with two billion consumers by 2020,” commented Sakashita. “AOL’s ongoing investments in Japan signal its commitment to the market, our employees and consumers alike.”

“As an exciting new chapter begins for AOL in Japan, I’m personally very pleased to be able to announce Sakashita as Country Manager for AOL Platforms Japan, and have extended my warm congratulations to him. His record of leadership through change and ability to inspire his teams made him the standout candidate for this role,” said Graham Moysey, Head of AOL International. "In 2017, Sakashita will also be charged with looking at how best we can combine AOL Platforms Japan together with our AOL Online Japan business in order to bring the best of culture and code to the Japanese market.”


AOL is a media technology company with a mission to connect consumers and creators through open marketplaces. With over 500 million monthly global consumers, AOL uses data to disrupt content production, distribution and monetization. The company connects publishers with advertisers across its global, programmatic platforms, tapping into Microsoft inventory and original content brands like TechCrunch, The Huffington Post and MAKERS. Within its mobile advertising network alone, AOL has a reach of roughly 800M users. A subsidiary of Verizon, AOL is shaping the digital future.