Kodak Names Ying Yeh and Warren A. Wisnewski to Lead Asia
Press release from the issuing company
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Oct. 31, 2005-- Eastman Kodak Company today announced that Ying Yeh and Warren A. Wisnewski will lead the company's operations in Asia.
Yeh and Wisnewski replace Karen A. Smith-Pilkington, a senior vice president of the company and Chairman and President, Greater Asia Region, who has resigned from the company for personal reasons. The Greater Asia Region will be divided into North Asia and South Asia regions reporting directly to Kodak's worldwide headquarters to enable the company to better meet the needs of customers across the diverse and increasingly important markets of the Asia Pacific.
Yeh was named Chairman and President, North Asia Region. She is currently Chairman, Greater China and General Manager, External Affairs, Greater Asia Region. She continues as a Vice President of the company and will remain responsible for External Affairs across Asia.
Wisnewski was named as Chairman South Asia Region and Vice President, International Operations. He was also named Operations Manager, North Asia Region, reporting to Yeh in this capacity. He will continue in his role as General Manager, Equipment Manufacturing, Asia.
Yeh and Wisnewski will begin the transition to their new positions immediately and will report to Charles S. Brown, Jr., Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company.
"Ying Yeh has been instrumental in Kodak's continued growth in China, including in our new developing business segments," said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak's Chief Executive Officer and President. "She is well known for her broad regional understanding of markets, business and government and has repeatedly been named as one of the most influential business persons in China."
"Warren's promotion reflects his successful operational management experience, especially in Asia. He has a broad knowledge and cultural understanding of China and Asia, having spent 15 years working there during the last decade and during the 1980s," said Perez. "He successfully developed Kodak's traditional and digital equipment manufacturing capabilities in Asia and has a strong reputation for superb organizational management and operational skills."
"Karen has a legendary focus on the customer, for which she is highly regarded both internally and externally," said Perez. "Kodak has benefited from her extensive understanding of Japan, China and broader Asia. Her creative leadership has been instrumental in the transition of our traditional and digital businesses. She is widely respected for her superior development of people, diversity leadership and organizational change management skills. We thank her for her 25 years of contributions to Kodak and wish her well as she looks toward new business horizons."
Prior to joining Kodak in 1997, Ying Yeh had a distinguished career in the U.S. Government Foreign Service, with postings to Burma, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Beijing. She was the first female commercial officer in the U.S. government to reach the rank of Minister-Counselor. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and English Literature from National Taiwan University.
In 2003, Yeh was voted one of the ten most influential persons in technology in China, one of the top ten new business leaders in China; one of the most influential women in China and overseas; one of the ten most influential Chinese women entrepreneurs and an Honorary Citizen of Guangzhou. She was also recognized as the Person of Outstanding Accomplishments in Business for 2003. In 2004, she was named one of the top 10 business leaders in China as well as one of China's top women executives in IT industry. She also won the Magnolia Award and China Top 10 business person of the year in 2004.
Warren Wisnewski is a native of Albany, NY, and joined Kodak in 1977. He has held a variety of positions in manufacturing, product development and business research, with international assignments in Brazil, Hong Kong and Mainland China. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has participated as a director of numerous Asian company boards, including several joint ventures in which Kodak was a shareholder. He currently chairs both Kodak Electronic Products (Shanghai) Company Ltd. and Kodak (Xiamen) Company Ltd.
Wisnewski has driven the growth of Kodak's China equipment manufacturing operations through the development of high-quality local talent and has been widely lauded for encouraging diversity and inclusion by hiring women and diverse regional candidates and mentoring female employees for leadership opportunities in the organization. In 2005, he received the Kodak CEO Diversity Award, a recognition given annually to Kodak executives who demonstrate exemplary leadership and embrace the mindset and behaviors that lead to a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Karen Smith-Pilkington joined Kodak in 1980 and has led the company's Asia operations for the past two years. Prior to that, she managed key global image capture and output businesses across the consumer, professional and health markets. Notably, these roles included President, Kodak Professional; Operations Manager, Consumer and Professional Imaging and General Manager, Consumer Output. During her career with Kodak, she built and managed multiple global alliances in product innovation, commercialization, manufacturing, marketing and customer and channel development, particularly in Asia, and also held key human resources leadership roles early in her career. She was also a 1999 recipient of the Kodak CEO Diversity Award.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Geneseo; a Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University; and a Masters of Business Administration from the William E. Simon School of Graduate Business Administration at the University of Rochester.
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