Screen (USA) Strengthens Management Structure With Key Promotions
Press release from the issuing company
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Screen (USA) announced today that Eiji (A.J.) Kakiuchi, president, has been promoted to corporate officer — president of the Media Technology Company of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd., effective April 1, 2005. Screen (USA) also strengthened its senior executive management team, announcing the promotions of two highly experienced top executives to oversee sales, support services, marketing and operations. Effective April 1, Mike Fox and Kunihisa Hashimoto will assume the position of senior vice president. Both positions report directly to Kakiuchi, who retains his title and responsibilities as president of Screen (USA).
Screen (USA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd., based in Kyoto, Japan. The Media Technology Company promotes Screen's comprehensive portfolio of digital press and prepress solutions, which include computer-to-plate (CTP) devices, JDF-enabled workflow systems, hybrid screening and Customer Relationship Management software utilized by printing and prepress professionals around the globe. In his role as president of the Media Technology Company, Kakiuchi will oversee Screen's worldwide graphic arts business, including research and development, sales, marketing, manufacturing and support services. The new management structure aims to further position the company for growth by strengthening market creation and business execution capabilities.
Eiji (A.J.) Kakiuchi
Kakiuchi succeeds Tomitugu Morino in his new position. Morino, who has served as corporate executive officer — president of the Media Technology Company for the past three years, will remain with Dainippon Screen, promoted to the position of division chairman.
Kakiuchi joined Dainippon Screen more than 20 years ago. He has extensive management experience and knowledge of Screen's business operations in Japan, Europe, North America and Latin America. His management expertise spans international sales and marketing. Since taking on the leadership of Screen (USA), in April 2000, Kakiuchi has served as chief strategist in developing a vision for the company.
Previously, Kakiuchi held the position of president of Dainippon Screen (Benelux), based in the Netherlands, as well as president of Dainippon Screen Engineering of America in California. He also served as president of Screen West in Irvine, Calif. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Media Technology Company.
Fox, formerly vice president of sales, promoted to senior vice president, will oversee Screen USA's sales and technical service and support activities throughout the United States, Latin America and Canada. Furthermore, he will serve on the company's Board of Directors.
Fox has managed the Screen (USA) sales team since 2000, supervising the outside sales force and establishing business relationships with new clientele in various markets. He implemented the company's development strategy in the areas of CTP and workflow systems.
Fox came to Screen after a successful 12-year tenure with PrimeSource Corp., where he eventually was in charge of general sales of digital prepress imaging hardware, prepress software and digital color printing systems in PrimeSource's Western region.
Most recently, Hashimoto served as vice president of marketing for Screen (USA). As senior vice president, he will have responsibility for the planning and execution of all marketing initiatives that support Screen's sales teams. Additionally, he will manage operations (logistics and purchasing) at Screen's headquarters in Rolling Meadows, Ill. He also has been named to a seat on the Screen (USA) Board of Directors.
Hashimoto has distinguished himself during his 25-year career in the graphic arts industry as a skilled manager. Prior to joining Screen (USA), he served as general manager of Dainippon Screen's Tokyo sales division, responsible for sales, marketing and administrative functions.
"Mike Fox and Kunihisa Hashimoto have demonstrated that they possess exceptional talent," Kakiuchi said. "They understand exactly what it takes to continually improve the effectiveness of our organization to meet and surpass the high expectations within the graphic arts industry Their promotions provide Screen with the high-level expertise to further advance our company objectives and — most importantly — enable Screen's customers to move to the next generation of graphic arts innovations. In addition, they reflect the outstanding contributions and leadership of our team members."
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