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Konica Minolta Revamps Leadership Teams Under Newly Appointed CEO Rick Taylor

Tuesday, May 10, 2016  
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Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc. (Konica Minolta) has announced organizational changes that will position the company for long-term growth. Newly appointed CEO Rick Taylor is revamping his top ranks.

Throughout Hiro Okazaki's nearly 30 years with the company, he has served in various roles internationally and has been at the U.S. headquarters for the last five years. As executive vice president, Okazaki will remain actively involved in leading the company's mid-term planning, acquisitions and budgets, continuing to direct the long-term future of the company through advancing key strategic initiatives.

Allan Schwedock will be promoted to senior vice president of operations and supply chain. Schwedock has been with Konica Minolta since 2007, most recently serving as vice president of administration. In this expanded role, he will be responsible for all sales administration, logistics and supply chain management.

Kevin Kern will assume the expanded role of senior vice president of business intelligence services and product planning. Kern joined Konica Minolta in 1994 as vice president of product planning and excelled as the leader of Konica Minolta's marketing and product planning department. He will focus on further enhancing software and solutions planning and development, vertical market teams, product management and planning along with managed print services and the company's fast-growing ECM practice.

Dino Pagliarello will be promoted to vice president of product management and planning. Pagliarello joined Konica Minolta in 2001 and will continue to be responsible for building and leading the next wave of technology.

Kay Du Fernandez will be promoted to the role of vice president of marketing. She has been recognized for driving exceptional performance across functions, including marketing communications and corporate business development. She will also be responsible for channel marketing, All Covered marketing, the IT Services Division of Konica Minolta, enterprise learning and leasing.

"The elevation of exceptional leaders like Hiro, Allan, Kevin, Dino and Kay will strengthen our organization and energize our operations, allowing us to more fully realize our incredible potential, benefiting both Konica Minolta and its customers," Taylor said. "These are extraordinary leaders, whose knowledge of our business and consistency in producing extraordinary results have propelled the organization to incredible success."

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