Trailstone appoints energy industry veterans to lead Japanese operations

Ante Pogacic, Global Head of Power & Renewables at Trailstone
Ante Pogacic, Global Head of Power & Renewables at Trailstone

Trailstone Group (Trailstone), a global energy and tech firm, has appointed Takuya Kamisago, General Manager, Commercial, and Ichiro “Nick” Nakayama, General Manager, Japan, to develop its business infrastructure and originate new business opportunities in the market.

What do the appointees bring to Trailstone in the roles?

Takuya Kamisago

Kamisago brings over 25 years of experience in business development with Sumitomo and Itochu, two of the largest Japanese trading and investment firms. He is an expert in M&A, new investment, infrastructure project management and new business incubation in the global energy industry. Kamisago led Sumitomo’s energy, environment and green hydrogen businesses as GM, gaining experience in both domestic and international business settings.

“Japanese power markets and renewable energy generators can benefit greatly from Trailstone’s extensive experience in Europe and the United States. My focus will be on building strong relationships with potential partners and clients. It’s pleasing to see that Trailstone has already been welcomed into the Japanese energy industry with open arms,” said Kamisago.

Ichiro “Nick” Nakayama

After beginning his career as an interest rate derivative and hedge fund trader, Ichiro “Nick” Nakayama supported the deregulation of the Japanese retail power sector by working with the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and electric power companies to develop new standards for the Japan Electric Power Exchange (JEPX).

In addition, Nakayama has also held a number of financial investment roles at leading companies and has experience managing investment funds in Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai.

Commenting on his new role, Ichiro “Nick” Nakayama, said, “My focus is building a strong business foundation so that Trailstone’s Japanese clients trust that they will receive the same level of support and expertise that has contributed to Trailstone’s success across the globe. It is a great pleasure to be representing Trailstone in Japan and I look forward to working with our partners and supporting Japan’s renewable energy generators for the long-haul.”

What do the appointments mean for Trailstone?

“Japan’s power markets are in a transitional stage and following a similar path to Europe, where Trailstone has had major success managing intermittency and providing asset optimization services for over a decade. Our experience sets us up to support partners and clients by managing their renewable assets while accelerating the growth of Japan’s renewable generation,” said Ante Pogacic, Global Head of Power & Renewables at Trailstone.

Trailstone entered the Japanese market in November 2022, by establishing an office in Tokyo and completing its first trade of Japanese power futures on the European Energy Exchange.

Trailstone offers renewable energy risk management and asset optimization services across Japan with a suite of renewable energy products including route to market Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), imbalance risk management services and corporate PPA products. In addition, the office, located at 2-4-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku NS Building 23F, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-0823 Japan, is the company’s ninth office worldwide and the first in Asia.