News Release

Epson Announces Executive Personnel Changes

- TOKYO, Japan, April 30, 2015 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") today announced that a meeting of its board of directors had provisionally approved the following executive personnel changes. The changes are subject to final approval at the company's annual general meeting and board meeting scheduled to be held on June 25, 2015.

The lineup of executive officers from June 25 has also been approved.

1. Reasons for changes

Epson aims to establish a management structure that will enable it to fulfill its goals as it enters the final year of both its SE15 Corporate Vision and the second half of its SE15 Mid-Range Business Plan, and that will help it expedite a management decisions based on maximizing corporate value and ensuring good corporate governance.

2. Promotions

  • Yoneharu Fukushima
    Managing director
    (Currently director, chief operating officer, Robotics Solutions Operations Division, and general administrative manager, Corporate Research & Development Division)
  • Koichi Kubota
    Managing director
    (Currently director, and chief operating officer, Printer Operations Division)

3. Changes of executive officers


  • Koichi Endo
    (Currently managing director, Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd.)
    *Retirement due to expiry of term.

New appointments

  • Nobuyuki Shimotome
    Executive officer (currently deputy general administrative manager, Corporate Research & Development Division)
  • Kazuyoshi Yamamoto
    Executive officer (currently vice president, Epson Europe B.V.)

*Appointed president, Epson Europe B.V., from the date of his appointment as executive officer.

Toshimitsu Tanaka, currently director, Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd., and president, Epson Philippines Corporation, will be appointed managing director, Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd., from the same date.

4. Planned date of changes

June 25, 2015

Note: Proposed appointments after June 25, 2015

1. Directors and auditors

President (representative director) Minoru Usui
Senior managing director (representative director) Noriyuki Hama
Managing director Shigeki Inoue
Managing director Yoneharu Fukushima (promotion)
Managing director Koichi Kubota (promotion)
Director Motonori Okumura
Director Junichi Watanabe
Director Masayuki Kawana
Director (outside director) Toshiharu Aoki
Director (outside director) Hideaki Omiya
Standing statutory auditor Kenji Kubota
Standing statutory auditor Seiichi Hirano
Outside statutory auditor Yoshiro Yamamoto
Outside statutory auditor Kenji Miyahara
Outside statutory auditor Michihiro Nara

2. Executive officers

Managing executive officer John Lang
Managing executive officer Tadaaki Hagata
Executive officer Kiyofumi Koike
Executive officer Yasumasa Kitamatsu
Executive officer Hideki Shimada
Executive officer Masayuki Kitamura
Executive officer Akihiro Fukaishi
Executive officer Sunao Murata
Executive officer Yoshiyuki Moriyama
Executive officer Toshiya Takahata
Executive officer Tsuyoshi Kitahara
Executive officer Naoyuki Saeki
Executive officer Nobuyuki Shimotome (new appointment)
Executive officer Kazuyoshi Yamamoto (new appointment)

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 70,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental burdens.

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