Kyocera Document Solutions has announced a change of management in its European headquarters from this month (April). Takahiro Sato, who has worked in various capacities across the Kyocera Group will take on the role of President, bringing a wealth of experience spanning 18 years. Sato succeeds Yoshiaki Onishi who has held the position for the last three years and who now returns to Japan to become General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department.
Kyocera has enjoyed significant growth, averaging 7.1% year on year growth for the last five years, and outgrowing the market in 2013*. With a structured strategy the firm will continue to evolve into a solutions company that offers a streamlined approach combining hardware, software and services. Kyocera has excelled in trying to enhance customer productivity, reducing their operating costs and simplifying their day-to-day activities.
Takahiro Sato joined Mita in March 1996, working in Export Sales before moving to Kyocera Mita Europe in January 2000 as manager of the CIS department focusing on Russia. During this time he successfully completed an Executive MBA at the Rotterdam School of Management and promotion followed to the position of Corporate Strategy Manager, Kyocera Mita France SAS and subsequently to General Manager. He directed his efforts to building a robust internal structure and distribution network that has resulted in growth and profitability. Sato's proven track record was rewarded with an invitation to become an 'Inamori Fellow', a prestigious programme organised by the Inamori Foundation and open to only a very select group of the best business leaders.
Sato comments, "I am delighted to take on this new opportunity and hope my leadership qualities and management style will give Europe the drive that is needed in this exciting time for Kyocera. We are built on strong partnerships and they remain the key to our future success. As we accelerate our transformation, building further solutions which integrate document input, archiving, optimisation and output, the success of our partners will remain the focus of our development. The market is evolving very quickly with advances in mobile devices and Kyocera Europe embraces the challenge."
*EMEA Quarterly IDC Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker, Q4 2013