Executive Team

Chairperson: Ken-ichi Murata (Toyota)

Ken-ichi Murata is a Fellow at Connected Company in Toyota Motor Corporation. Prior to his current role, Murata joined Toyota in 2008 as a Global Chief Engineer of in-vehicle multimedia/telematics systems, and then a General Manager of connected car strategy. His career began as a research scientist at Sony Computer Science Laboratories Inc., later moving to Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. as a systems architect of software platforms for various consumer electronics products.

Treasurer and Communications Vice Chair: Roger Berg (DENSO Corporation)

Roger Berg is Vice President of DENSO’s North American Research and Development group. His latest research interests and responsibilities include connected and automated vehicles, transportation data collection and analytics, cyber security, and most recently, Blockchain for mobility services.

Berg has experience in military and consumer electronics from previous engineering management and executive positions at Northrop Grumman, Motorola and Sony Electronics combined with his 19 years as an executive for automotive electronics product development and R&D at DENSO.

Berg earned a BSEE from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and a MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  He is the inventor or co-inventor on 12 U.S. and international patents.  He is a long standing member of SAE, where he currently holds the position of vice chair for the V2X Communications Steering Committee and V2X Vehicular Applications Technical Committee.  Berg is also a member of IEEE, the USDOT ITS Program Advisory Committee, the DriveOhio Expert Advisory Board, and serves on the Affiliate Advisory Board for the Auto-ISAC.  He was most recently appointed vice chair of MOBI’s Connected Mobility Data Marketplace and core member of their Supply Chain working groups.  In December of 2016 he was voted one of Automotive News’ “60 people driving the self-driving movement”.

Secretary: Christer Boberg (Ericsson)

Christer Boberg serves as a Director at Ericsson CTO Office driving strategies around IoT and Cloud technologies; his focus is bringing new technologies in place to solve networking industry challenges on a global scale. Prior to this, he drove Ericsson Communication Services technology strategy and was responsible for bringing several products and solutions to market.


Director: Tomoyoshi Oono (NTT)

Tomoyoshi Oono is Senior Vice President and Head of the Service Innovation Laboratory Group at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). He joined NTT in 1989 and was initially engaged in researching Radio Communications Systems. In the following years he held several positions within NTT DOCOMO, INC., and in 2017 he became Senior Vice President, General Manager of R&D Strategy and General Manager of the Innovation Management Department. He assumed his current role in July of 2021 at NTT.

Director: Tomohiro Otani (KDDI)

Tomohiro Otani is an executive director of KDDI Research, Inc., where is responsible for R&D activities related to IoT, connected car, big data platforms, and associated operational technologies. Previously, Otani was general manager of the Operation Support System Development Department of Operations Sector at KDDI Corporation. That role was responsible for developing operational support systems (OSS) for fixed and mobile networks. Otani has been a member of the technical programming committee of international technical conferences and was a co-chair of TPC of MPLS2007 and iPOP2017. He is a co-author of IETF RFCs 3471, 5146, 6825, and 7025.