Development Senior Consultant
Mr. Yoshihide Murata joined NewQuest in 2020 as Senior Business Development Consultant and brings over three decades of business development expertise to NewQuest. As a part of the Asia – Pacific Retail Team, he serves Japanese clients in their expansion needs in the United States, including retailers, restaurants, entertainment users, and distributors.
Prior to NewQuest, Mr. Murata was the Senior Vice President of Daiso Holdings for 14 years where he developed and executed strategies that resulted in $130M in sales and established over 75 stores in the United States. Mr. Murata helped develop and execute the corporate growth strategy for Daiso in the Unites States including site selection, logistics and distribution, and operation management overseeing over 1,800 employees. Mr. Murata gained his experience in logistics and distribution with Japanese companies through his 14 years at Itochu International, Inc. in New York City, during which time he was instrumental in developing licensing, imports, exports, in addition to establishing supply chain protocols and international trade for these companies. Prior to Daiso and Itochu International, Mr. Murata’s first role in the U.S. was with American President Alliance in Oakland, CA, one of the largest shipping companies in the country. Mr. Murata worked with clients including Toyota, Canon, and Sony to set up their international trade strategies.
He received his B.B.A from the University of Missouri and Kanazawa University. Mr. Murata is married Yuki Murata, and they have three adult sons. In his spare time, Mr. Murata enjoys hiking and exploring the outdoors, and is avid golfer.