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BirthplaceChatham, England


University of Michigan, BA 1994
Japanese Language
University of Michigan, BA 1994
Asian Studies

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Co-Founder, Chairman, President & CEO

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Co-Founder Excite Japan KK
International Business Development

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Lalit Dhadphale

Lalit Dhadphale became President and Chief Executive Officer of and a member of the board of directors in May 2009, and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of HW since its inception in March 2007. Prior to that, from 2003 until February 2007, he founded and managed Placa De Rei Partners, LLC, a company specializing in residential real estate development in the United States and Asia. Before that, Mr. Dhadphale accumulated more than 15 years of experience developing internet websites and applications. He served as Vice President of Product Development, Chief International Officer and later as Chief Operating Officer of Zengine, Inc. from founding in 1999 through its sale in 2002. Under his day-to-day leadership, Zengine grew from start-up to $30+ million in annualized sales, achieving profitability in its second quarter as a public company in the first quarter of 2001. Prior to co-founding Zengine, Mr. Dhadphale was a co-founder of Excite Japan, where he was involved with product development, internationalization and localization of web sites and Internet products. He produced the launch of both Excite Japan and Netscape Netcenter Japan. Prior thereto, Mr. Dhadphale was International Business Development Manager for CNET, securing relationships throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. His prior experience includes international trade, entertainment and real estate development for P.O.V. Associates (Nissho Iwai Group). Mr. Dhadphale received his BA degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Japanese Language & Literature and Asian Studies.

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