Center Valley, Pa., -- Olympus named Nacho Abia the new president of
, effective April 1.
He is responsible for leading and expanding all business activities related to the performance of the company's consumer electronics product line, including digital cameras, professional and consumer interchangeable lens imaging systems and related underwater products and accessories, digital and microcassette recorders, digital media and binoculars in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Abia reports directly to Shuichi Takayama, president of Olympus Imaging in Japan.
Abia comes to the U.S. position from Olympus Europe, where he 11 years of success creating and managing new businesses and product lines, the company said.
Mark Gumz, Olympus Corp. of the Americas president and CEO, who previously oversaw Olympus Imaging America, will take on additional responsibilities as executive managing officer of Olympus Corp. in Tokyo and as a member of the Global Management Office representing the Americas.
Abia began his career with Olympus in 2001 as the managing director and CEO of Olympus Espana with responsibility for all Olympus businesses in Spain and Portugal. He was credited with guiding the successful integration of Olympus Spain and Olympus Portugal. He was promoted to managing director of the Consumer Products Division for Olympus Europa Holdings in 2008.
Prior to joining Olympus, Abia was the South European marketing manager at Sony Europe's Digital Imaging Division.
"Through this expanded role, and together with the leadership team and Olympus employees, I look forward to contributing to the success of the company by building on its core strengths to develop innovative products for consumers," said Abia.
Abia holds a masters degree in telecommunications from the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluyna (Barcelona, Spain). He also holds a masters in business administration from Barcelona Business Administration School.
In addition to his corporate position, he also serves as a board member for Olympus Imaging of Japan and is chairman of the board for Olympus Espana S.A.