Langenhagen, Germany, 2 May 2018
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has appointed Keiji Okamoto as President of its European business, succeeding Ikuo Nakagawa in the role. As a 30-year Konica Minolta veteran with an outstanding track record in a range of executive positions within the company, Keiji Okamoto takes on the European leadership following a post as Senior Executive Officer for Konica Minolta Japan and three years as President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions China from 2014 onwards. He has extensive experience from across the business with prior roles in strategic planning and operations in both Europe and the USA.
Ikuo Nakagawa, who Mr Okamoto succeeds in the role of President of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe, is taking on a new Senior Executive Officer position at Konica Minolta, Inc. based in Tokyo, Japan.
“I cannot imagine anyone more suited to pass the torch on to than Keiji Okamoto. He truly carries Konica Minolta in his heart – and I am delighted to congratulate him to his new position of President of our business in Europe,” said Ikuo Nakagawa. “I would also like to express my great appreciation for the hard work and talent of the European team who have shaped Konica Minolta’s strong position in this market today and who help to constantly develop our business. With his proven success and experience, Keiji Okamoto will be a true asset as our journey of success through constant transformation continues.”
A strong future built on a legacy of success and transformation
“I am privileged to take on the leadership of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe,” said Keiji Okamoto. “In particular, I am keen to continue to build on the strong foundations of our philosophy of continuous business transformation. Over the past decades, this philosophy has been the basis for our success. It has helped us to undergo profound transformation from a camera producer to a versatile supplier of solutions that help our customers master the digital era. Today, we are growing beyond the confinements of our maturing core markets in printing and we are successfully expanding in markets like IT services, healthcare and digital manufacturing. I am happy and honoured to continue on this exciting path with our European team.”
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation and implements solutions in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. According to IDC, Konica Minolta is a “Major Player in Workflow Services Hardcopy in the Western European market” (2016). Being a strong partner for the production and industrial printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and, in 2016, was the production printing market leader for the ninth consecutive year (InfoSource). The hardware portfolio covers light and mid production as well as industrial printing machines. Konica Minolta Marketing Services provides value added services that intelligently link print and digital marketing in an effective and efficient way. In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Through its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R&D laboratories in Europe, Konica Minolta brings innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With over 9,700 employees (as of March 2017), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.4 billion in financial year 2016/17.
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