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Konica Minolta, Canon Name New Presidents

New York — Two digital imaging companies have made changes at the top.

Yoroku Adachi has been named president and CEO of Canon U.S.A. replacing current president and CEO Kinya Uchida, who returns to Japan to serve as an advisor to the company. Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A. named Tomohisa Saito its new president.

Adachi joined Canon in 1970, and worked at Canon U.S.A. from 1978 through 1992. In 1993 he served as general manager of the photo products marketing management division of Canon Inc., becoming deputy group executive in 1997.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s Adachi was president of several Canon divisions in Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore as the company’s Asian sales increased 61 percent.

Adachi inherits a U.S. operation that has seen its sales and revenue grow 16 percent from 1999 through 2004, the company said. He has also been named a managing director on Canon Inc.’s board.

Saito, a 27-year Konica veteran who focused on Asian markets, was formerly sales and marketing managing director and general manager at Konica Minolta in Japan.

He replaces Henry Okamura who moves to Europe to be president/CEO of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe.