Chief Digital Officer, SOMPO Holdings
Albert Chu holds the position of Group Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President at SOMPO Holdings. In these capacities, he is responsible for guiding the company’s worldwide digital strategy and its digital transformation journey. Additionally, Albert leads the SOMPO Digital Lab team located in Silicon Valley, where he focuses on developing partnerships in areas like insurtech, healthtech, Web3 and AI.
With a career history spanning over 40 years in Silicon Valley, Albert has consistently introduced innovative technologies and products to the market. His leadership roles extend across startups and renowned global companies, such as Apple, AT&T, PalmSource, and ACCESS. Since 2020, he has been an executive at SOMPO and is based in Silicon Valley.
Throughout his career, Albert has initiated new business ventures, spearheaded product development and planning, and crafted effective market entry strategies. One of his notable achievements at Apple was the introduction of Macintosh desktop publishing solutions in Japan. He also expanded multimedia offerings to global audiences and successfully managed multiple product launches and joint ventures.
Beyond his corporate duties, Albert wears multiple hats. He is a managing partner at Poppyseed, a firm specializing in early-stage investments and advisory services. He also serves as an advisor for Health Engine, a healthcare startup accelerator at the University of California, Berkeley. His advisory roles further extend to the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation in Toronto, Canada, and he offers his expertise as a Silicon Valley advisor for the Mitsubishi Research Institute’s Initiative for Co-Creating the Future.
As a public speaker and guest lecturer, Albert often shares insights on startup culture, global entrepreneurship, and emerging technology trends. He earned his engineering degree from Stanford University and furthered his executive education at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He speaks English, Portuguese, and Shanghainese (Chinese).