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Roland DG Announces Changes to Board of Directors

The company is embarking on its new five-year, mid-term business plan this year.

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Hamamatsu, Japan-based Roland DG Corp. announces changes and additions to its board of directors. Roland DG is the parent company of Irvine, California-based Roland DGA, which is responsible for distribution, sales and marketing of DG products in the Americas.

Hidenori Fujioka, who was previously director and executive vice president of Roland DG, now carries the titles of representative director and president of the company. Fujioka originally joined Roland DG in 2014 as an adviser after serving as director of RISO KAGAKU CORP. Fujioka earned acclaim at Roland DG for streamlining the R&D process in order to reach strategic goals more efficiently, and for strengthening and diversifying the company’s core technologies to enable the company to quickly develop a variety of new products and solutions that deliver added value.

Fujioka was also behind the creation of a new mid-term business plan. In implementing the plan, he will capitalize on his previous knowledge and skills as an engineer as well as his experience in building new businesses and managing global companies.

Masahiro Tomioka, previously representative director, chairman and president, has stepped aside as president but continues serving as representative director and chairman.

David Goward, previously director of the company, was promoted to executive vice president, director. Goward is responsible for Roland DG global sales, marketing and service.

With extensive sales and marketing experience for the Roland DG group, Goward will serve as the key individual to implement the mid-term business plan and transform the company into an innovative organization on a global basis, the company says.

Goward joined Roland DGA in 1994 and continues to serve as director and CEO.

In other company moves: Katsuhiro Endo, previously external audit and supervisory board member, was named outside director; and Mitsuhiro Honda, a professor at the graduate school of the University of Tsukuba, was appointed external audit and supervisory board member.

Meanwhile, Robert Curtis, previously director, vice chairman, has retired from the company. Curtis joined Roland Corporation U.S. in 1987 as sales manager and, in 1990, became vice president and general manager of the newly-formed Roland DGA Corp. In 1997, he was named president and CEO of Roland DGA, a position he retained until 2007. He became chairman of Roland DGA in 2008, and was also appointed director of Roland DG that same year.

As chairman of the company’s global executive committee, Curtis was instrumental in unifying company employees from many cultures, backgrounds and disciplines, as well as transforming the headquarters and the independent, international Roland DG operations into one global entity, according to the company.

According to Masahiro Tomioka, Roland DG Chairman, the changes and appointments follow the successful completion of the company’s GlobalOne structural reform and the start of a new five-year mid-term business plan beginning in FY2016.

“Through aggressive investments, we strengthened both R&D and sales and marketing while completing a revised organizational structure that facilitates working more closely together to meet the ever-changing business environment and customer needs,” Tomioka says. “We also promoted the best people from around the world to enable us to take on group-wide initiatives to drive sustainable growth and create multiple pillars of business to meet the needs of the coming era. I believe these appointments will help us continue to grow and strengthen our worldwide leadership market positions.”

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