Forte Design Systems Names Mike Arai President, General Manager of Japan Office

Experienced Executive Takes Helm of Fast-Growing Region

Forte Design Systems, a leading provider of High-Level Synthesis software, today appointed Masayuki (Mike) Arai to the position of president and general manager of Forte Design Systems KK in Yokohama, Japan.

Reporting to Brett Cline, Forte's vice president of marketing and sales, Arai will manage a sales and support team responsible for the adoption and implementation of Cynthesizer™, Forte's high-level synthesis software, by leading-edge systems companies.

"Mike's business acumen and track record of success building sales in Japan make him a great fit for Forte as high-level synthesis goes mainstream," says Cline, who adds that Japan is one of Forte's most successful regions. "His management and operations skills are well proven, as is his ability to traverse different cultures with skill and diplomacy."

Most recently, Arai was general manager of Synfora in Japan and, previously, president of Synplicity KK, both acquired by Synopsys. Prior experiences include executive management positions at Mentor Graphics Japan, Compass Japan and Sumitomo Corp.

About Forte Design Systems

Forte Design Systems is a leading provider of software products that enable design at a higher level of abstraction and improve design results. Its innovative synthesis technologies and intellectual property offerings allow design teams creating complex electronic chips and systems to reduce their overall design and verification time. More than half of the top 20 worldwide semiconductor companies use Forte's products in production today for ASIC, SoC and FPGA design. Forte is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in England, Japan, Korea and the United States. For more information, visit