ATLANTA – E-commerce marketplace Juniper has brought on Ray Shikatani, a 30-year veteran of Canada’s gift and home B2B industry, as its new country manager for Canada.
This new role blends responsibilities formerly held by Ross Amyot – who retires after nearly 50 years in the industry – with new elements specific to the development of omnichannel business-to-business opportunities, and is effective immediately.
“Juniper is incredibly lucky to welcome such an experienced and highly-regarded member of the Canadian gift and home industry to our growing ranks,” said Bill Furlong, Juniper CEO. “Ray brings a wealth of valuable and relevant experience to the position, which will help us successfully navigate our business partnerships in Canada.”
As the country manager for Canada, Shikatani will have responsibility for navigating Juniper’s Canadian position and profile with specific responsibility for maintaining and growing Juniper software adoption, assisting in product development for the Canadian market and liaising with industry leaders in Canada.
Shikatani brings more than 30 years of gift and home industry marketing and sales experience to Juniper. Most recently, he served as president and partner of David Youngson and Associates, a leading Canadian gift sales agency and importer, representing some of the world’s best-known brands in the wholesale trade.
“I’m looking forward to helping Juniper’s team navigate the nuance and complexity of the Canadian market, which has important commerce and culture differences that need to be understood and overcome in order to be successful for future growth,” said Shikatani. “More importantly, I am eager to work with my fellow industry colleagues to help shape the future of our industry through technology.”