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OKI Europe changes top management

Terry Laidlaw to take on managing director role for OKI Europe

OKI Europe changes top management
The EMEA region is of increasing importance to the OKI Group as a whole, says Laidlaw.

OKI Europe has announced a number of changes to its EMEA management team, including the appointment of Terry Laidlaw to managing director for the region.

Laidlaw will replace Tets Kawamura, who resumes his role as managing director of OKI Data Corporation. Laidlaw has over 35 years in the industry, and 18 with OKI, and had a key role in building OKI's business in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the company said.

"This is an important year for the OKI Data group," said Harushige Sugimoto, president of OKI Data Corporation, "we have very challenging targets to meet as our stakeholders have high expectations from the organisation.  With this new management structure in place, I am confident that our EMEA region is in a strong position to deliver."

Sugimoto added: "Terry Laidlaw has been with us for over 18 years; his passion, drive and strong management skills make him ideally-suited to take OKI Europe on to the next exciting phase of our development."

Laidlaw commented: "In opening a new managing director's office in OEL, the company recognises the increased importance of EMEA to the OKI Group as a whole. In a tough economic environment, we have a robust team in place across EMEA who will lead OKI Europe into the new financial year, taking a stronger more consolidated approach to business within the region."

The company also announced that Harry Takahashi, formerly divisional general manager within the strategic planning office of OKI Data Corporation, will move into the new role of deputy managing director, OKI Europe, having held a number of roles within the organisation in Europe and Japan.

Piotr Nowak, regional vice president CEE, will take over Laidlaw's previous regional vice president role and will have combined responsibility for the company's Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Region and the previous Eastern Region, including the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and sub-Sahara Africa.

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