KYOCERA Corporation Names Hideo Tanimoto as New President

06 March 2017

Veteran of company’s core fine ceramic components business unit to assume role April 1; current president Goro Yamaguchi to become chairman.

Kyoto, Japan/Neuss, Germany, March 06, 2017. Kyocera Corporation announced that Mr. Hideo Tanimoto will be promoted to president, effective April 1, following a unanimous vote of its board of directors held today. Tanimoto, currently director and managing executive officer, will become Kyocera’s president, representative director and executive officer — taking over from Mr. Goro Yamaguchi, who will become chairman and representative director.

During his 35 years with the company, Tanimoto has been instrumental in developing innovative new materials and manufacturing processes as an engineer in the fine ceramic components business. He was appointed general manager of the company’s Corporate Fine Ceramics Group in 2014 and joined the board of directors in 2016.

“Today, Kyocera supplies a diverse range of products, from semiconductor components and electronic devices to solar modules, document equipment and mobile phones,” said current president Yamaguchi. “At our core is the fine ceramic components business, which has continued to grow in step since the company’s founding in 1959.

Tanimoto will bring best practices from that pioneering division and implement fresh ideas to help maximise profits for all Kyocera business units.”  Tanimoto stated that he aims to maximise group synergies by strengthening horizontal linkages among the Kyocera Group’s diverse business segments to further expand sales while nurturing Kyocera’s corporate culture. Personal priorities, he added, include never forgetting his gratitude toward others and always remaining humble.

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About Kyocera
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, Kyocera Corporation is one of the world's leading manufacturers of fine ceramic components for the technology industry. The strategically important divisions in the Kyocera Group, which is comprised of 235 subsidiaries (as of March 31, 2016), are information and communications technologies, products which increase quality of life, and environmentally friendly products. The technology group is also one of the oldest producers of solar energy systems worldwide, with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. 
The company is ranked #531 on Forbes magazine’s 2016 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
With a global workforce of over 69,000 employees, Kyocera posted net sales of approximately €11.59 billion in fiscal year 2015/2016. The products marketed by the company in Europe include printers, digital copying systems, microelectronic components, and fine ceramic products. The Kyocera Group has two independent companies in the Federal Republic of Germany: Kyocera Fineceramics GmbH in Neuss and Esslingen and Kyocera Document Solutions in Meerbusch. 
The company also takes an active interest in cultural affairs. The Kyoto Prize, a prominent international award, is presented each year by the Inamori Foundation — established by Kyocera founder Dr. Kazuo Inamori — to individuals and groups worldwide who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind (converted at approximately €360,000 per prize category).

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