SmartRent, Inc. (NYSE: SMRT), a provider of smart home and smart building automation technology for property owners, managers, developers, homebuilders and residents, today announced the appointment of Hiroshi Okamoto as the company's new chief financial officer (CFO).
Joining the company on May 9, 2022, Okamoto will be based at SmartRent’s headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Okamoto joins SmartRent from Kinkisharyo International, LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of The Kinki Sharyo Co., LTD, a global leader in urban transit, where he served as CFO since 2017. Previously he served as managing director of Touchstone Capital Group, overseeing cross-border investment banking services focused on Japanese real estate.
“Hiroshi will play an important role in SmartRent’s operational excellence,” said Lucas Haldeman, CEO of SmartRent. “He brings an impressive track record of leadership in strategy, finance and accounting across early-stage growth companies and established innovators. We look forward to his perspective as we continue to expand our footprint and elevate our brand in the real estate enterprise technology space. I’m thrilled to welcome him to SmartRent’s executive team.”
To ensure a smooth transition, Okamoto will work closely with SmartRent’s current CFO, Jonathan Wolter, who will step down on May 9, 2022, and remain with the company as a consultant through the end of May.
Haldeman noted, “I would like to thank Jon for all that he has done for SmartRent. His leadership and expertise have been critical to our success, and we appreciate his many contributions.”
Okamoto has a broad portfolio of experience with finance and accounting, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and business development. He has also been an entrepreneur, investor and advisor, having founded and sold two startups to publicly traded companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
“I admire SmartRent’s mission, model, and leadership, and am proud to join the team,” said Okamoto. “SmartRent has made a significant impact on the real estate industry in a short period of time, and I look forward to helping the team capitalize on the opportunities on the horizon.”