Christchurch-headquartered cloud search company SLI Systems has opened an office in Japan and installed Ryo Hayashi as its Tokyo-based sales director and country manager.
SLI sees significant growth opportunities in that country, says chief executive Shaun Ryan.
“Japan is the second largest ecommerce market in the world and dedicated site search providers are under-represented," he says.
The company is also providing services to three Japanese language sites. Its new office is in Tokyo's Shibuya retail precinct, where it will target online retailers and is enhancing its product to meet the needs of this market, says Ryan.
SLI is applying for patents on new technology is has developed for Japanese search, he adds.
Hayashi has 10 years' experience in sales and business development roles in telecommunications and the internet industry.
SLI Systems was established by Ryan and brother Grant, using technology developed for one of their previous ventures, GlobalBrain, which started in 1998. It listed on the Stock Exchange last year, raising $27 million.
It provides search services for more than 500 websites.