Nobuyuki Idei is currently founder and CEO of Quantum Leaps Corporation, an executive advisory company he established in 2006. Quantum Leaps aims to enhance Japan’s competitiveness by supporting corporate transformation and creating an open platform to nurture technology-driven venture companies. Mr. Idei is also founder and chairman of Asia Innovators’ Initiative, a private non-profit organization he established in 2011 to serve as a catalyst for social innovation in Asia by bringing together a diverse range of individuals to promote knowledge sharing.
Mr. Idei was a member of top management of Sony Corporation from 1995 for more than a decade, first as president and COO and then chairman and CEO. From 2007 to 2012, he served as chairman of Sony’s advisory board. During his tenure, Mr. Idei moved the company into the digital age by creating a vision where audio, visual, computer and telecommunication technologies would be seamlessly merged and connected with software content and services, much like the Internet world we know today. He is also credited for revolutionizing corporate governance at Sony, which later influenced many other Japanese companies, and introducing new management methods, such as the holding company structure.
Mr. Idei is a director of FreeBit Co., Ltd., Lenovo Group and Monex Group, Inc., and a member of Tsinghua University SEM Advisory Board. Previously, he served as a director of Accenture and Baidu until 2015, counselor to the Bank of Japan, chairman of Japan’s IT Strategy Council, and vice chairman of Nippon Keidanren. He has also been a member of Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific Advisory Board as well as a director for such companies as Nestle, General Motors, Electrolux and others.
Mr. Idei received a B.S. degree in economics and politics from Waseda University in Tokyo. Fluent in English and French, he studied at the l'Institut des Hautes Études Internationales in Geneva, Switzerland.