Shuya Kekke

Chief Executive Officer
Representative Director
Japan

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Shuya Kekke has worked at Goldman Sachs’s Tokyo and Hong Kong headquarters in various trading roles in the Equities Division for over twenty years. He was the Co-Head of Japanese Shares Trading and was later the Managing Director responsible for electronic and algorithmic trading in Asia Pacific, which he helped build from the ground up.

After leaving Goldman Sachs, Mr. Kekke served as the Managing Director at JP Morgan Asia Pacific, where he oversaw both electronic trading and portfolio trading. He has held several board positions throughout his career, including that at Japannext, the largest registered Proprietary Trading System (PTS) in Japan.

Moreover, Mr. Kekke was the Founding Member of the Principal Strategic Investment group in Asia, an internal private equity team specialising in financial services and technology companies. Mr. Kekke graduated from Stanford University with a co-terminal BA (with Honors) and MA degree. He is a CFA charterholder with a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designation.

 

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My Trajectory

In heading up Cambridge Quantum’s headquarters in Asia, I strive to build a leading Japan-based quantum computing business. Our team aims to deliver the complete range of Cambridge Quantum’s core competencies to Japanese companies and the larger research community.

Japan is an important market for Cambridge Quantum, not only because of the sheer size of its economy, but also for its rich tradition of excellence in the fields of natural sciences and engineering. To meet the local demands for scientific dialogue, Cambridge Quantum Japan is building a local research presence that is closely integrated with global research groups.

I enjoy representing Cambridge Quantum in Japan as there is a growing interest in what we are doing today and what we envision for the future. We have been fortunate to collaborate with some of Japan’s pioneers in quantum, most notably JSR Corporation and Nippon Steel, and are looking forward to partnering with more Japanese companies in the near term.

In Japan, the chemical and materials science industries have been leaders in quantum research, although I believe quantum computing will quickly become relevant to a growing range of industries. Over the past 10 years, many companies have been adapting data-driven tendencies, both in research and development, as well as day-to-day operations.

The merger between Honeywell and Cambridge Quantum is of great interest because Japan itself is one of the meccas of classical high performance computing. At its core, it is a hardware-minded community, so the merger with Honeywell has made us, as a combined company, much more familiar and intriguing in equal measure.

As we work our way out of the Covid pandemic, Cambridge Quantum is growing rapidly and is likely to become one of Japan’s largest quantum technology companies in 2022. I am excited that so many Japanese researchers are now interested in what we do.