Japan-based hourly workers app Timee, which targets $1.0 billion valuation for July IPO, has appointed Shun Ikeda as its chief strategy officer with effect from June 1.

Ikeda has been serving Timee since January 2020 as an advisor. He joined Google Japan in 2012 and was transferred to the company’s headquarters in the U.S. in 2015 where he supervised growth marketing and business strategy promotion for Google Search and YouTube and also spearheaded the company’s new businesses across Europe and the U.S.

“I have 12 years of experience working with American companies, but I have always wanted to work at a company based in Japan, where I was born and raised,” said Ikeda.

“Timee, where I had an image of being able to help through more than four years of support, was a natural choice for me, and I am truly happy and honored to be able to officially join this time. We will spread even more flexible and free working styles and create a new work infrastructure for all people.”

On the new appointment, CEO Ogawa Mine commented: “When I went to Google headquarters it was Ikeda who visited me around. I still vividly remember that I thought I wanted to work with him someday. After that, while he supported me as an advisor, every time we met, I kept asking him, “when will you join us?”

So, I’m really happy that he decided to join us. Together with the best team members, including Ikeda, we will create a wonderful service that no one has ever experienced before.”

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