SSE Pacifico is led by an experienced and dedicated locally-based management team to contribute to the development and management of offshore wind energy in Japan in pursuit of a net zero future.
Dai Karasawa is President, SSE Pacifico K.K., from 1st July 2023 and responsible for all of SSE Pacifico’s business.
Dai was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SSE Pacifico, responsible for leading project development when the company was established in October 2021. Prior to joining SSE Pacifico, Dai was COO at Pacifico Energy which he joined in 2019 to oversee offshore wind power development, as well as construction management, asset management, and the financing of solar power stations while supporting Hiroki Matsuo, CEO of Pacifico Energy.
Dai started his professional career in 2002 when joining Itochu Corporation to engage in investments in solar module sales and power plant development companies. After that, he joined Mitsubishi Corporation in 2011 and led IPP in Europe and the Middle East as well as finance operations related to acquisition of solar power plants. In 2017, Dai was appointed as Deputy CEO of Diamond Generating Europe BV (Netherlands), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, and led offshore wind farm development and new business development in the power sector in the Netherlands and the UK.
Dai graduated from the Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo.
Mike Seaton is Representative Director of SSE Pacifico K.K. He was appointed as CEO and Representative Director of SSE Pacifico when the company was established in October 2021.
Mike has over 25 years’ experience of developing and delivering renewable energy projects. Before joining SSE Pacifico, Mike was Director of Development for SSE Renewables in Great Britain, responsible for the development of a significant portfolio of projects. These included the development of the 4.1GW Berwick Bank offshore wind farm in the North Sea, the construction of the 443MW Viking onshore wind project in the Shetland Islands, and the development of the 1500MW Coire Glas pumped hydro storage project in the Scottish Highlands.
Mike has been a chartered civil engineer for 28 years and was Director of Engineering for SSE Renewables where he was responsible for the design development of the 588MW Beatrice offshore wind farm. In his time with SSE, Mike has also held positions as Project Director on the Glendoe hydro scheme, the largest hydro scheme built in the UK for 40 years, and Business Development Manager for Airtricity where he took the lead on the acquisition of several onshore wind projects in Britain.
Prior to joining SSE in 1993, Mike gained experience working in Asia (Singapore and Malaysia) on the design and construction of ports and harbour facilities.