he small Nao is now Japanese. After an initial participation in 2012, Japanese Softbank rises in power in the capital of Aldebaran, so that it now controls 95% of the french champion of the humanoid robotics. A page turns. Bruno Maisonnier left the helm of the company. He will be replaced by Fumihide Tomizawa, one who had created SoftBank Robotics Corp. that takes under its 450 employees of the French company. Officially, the Japanese announced his intention to strengthen collaboration with SoftBank Robotics and continue to the acceleration of the growth of Aldebaran.
SOFTBANK loop a takeover operation launched in 2012
When, in March 2012, the Financial Times announced the acquisition of the majority of Aldebaran by Japanese Softbank for 100 million dollars, Bruno Maisonnier and his staff have multiplied the denials, saying that the allegations of the FT were inaccurate.
Those who still had doubts about the willingness of the Japanese to take control of Aldebaran, this time the announcement is official Softbank increased its stake to 95% of the capital of the french. Bruno Maisonnier has sold all of its shares in Softbank and will convey his position as CEO to become Advisor of Masayoshi Son, the iconic boss of Softbank.
The transfer of power will be League March 4 next, date on which Fumihide Tomizawa takes Aldebaran and the future of its robotic menagerie commands. In the press release (in French only), Bruno Maisonnier evokes its willingness to dedicate her time to reflection, meet people around the world and write a book.
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“Aldebaran Robotics Founder and CEO Steps Down, SoftBank Appoints New Leader”, IEEE Spectrum, February 23, 2015
“SoftBank augmente sa participation au capital d’Aldebaran à 95%”, Communiqué de presse Aldebaran Robotics, February 23, 2015
“Aldebaran Robotics Sells Majority Stake for $100 Million [UPDATED]”, IEEE Spectrum, March 12, 2012