Cornerstone Strengthens Leadership in Japan
A significantly increased level of investment planned for Japan to capture rapidly growing HR market opportunity
SANTA MONICA, Calif. AND TOKYO - March 6, 2019 - Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD), a global leader in cloud-based learning and human capital management software, announced today it is strengthening its leadership in Japan. Cornerstone appointed Jonathan Epstein as its new Managing Director of Japan, and appointed Junichi Iijima in a new Strategic Alliances role to focus on developing key partnerships. Epstein will lead Cornerstone’s business in Japan and report to Chirag Shah, Senior Vice President & General Manager for Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ).
As Managing Director, Epstein will oversee Japanese sales, marketing, client success and alliances, while also assuming responsibility for formulating and driving the overall growth strategy for Cornerstone’s business in Japan.
Epstein’s experience in Japan spans more than two decades and includes serving as Chairman of Moneytree K.K., Japan Country Manager at Credorax, Japan Country Manager at PayPal, Chief Financial Officer at NASDAQ Japan and Director of Strategy at Softbank Corporation.
“As the demand for SaaS solutions and the need for best practice HR strategies both continue to rise amongst Japanese organizations, Cornerstone has elected to make Japan a top global growth priority. Jonathan Epstein has an extensive track record of success in the Japanese market, and we believe he is the perfect leader to help Cornerstone’s business in Japan achieve significant scale in the years to come. Strategic partnerships will be a key component of our growth plan, so alongside Jonathan’s appointment, we have also elected to increase our focus in this area,” said Chirag Shah.
“Talent development is more important today than ever in Japan. People are every organization’s biggest asset, and I am a strong believer in doing what we can to help maximize their potential, as this ultimately translates to greater business success. I am delighted to join the Cornerstone team and look forward to working closely with our clients to help Japanese employees become more skilled, motivated and engaged,” said Jonathan Epstein.