Printer manufacturer, Oki Data Australia, has appointed Dennie Kawahara to the role of managing director for Australia.
Kawahara replaces former Australian managing director, Takaaki Hagiwara, who has returned to work with Oki Data in Japan.
In his new role, he will direct all Australian sales, new business development, partner management and distribution.
Kawahara aims to enable both Oki Data Australia’s partners and customers to fully leverage the potential of their Oki printing technology across a range of dot matrix printers, mono/colour non-Impact printers and multi-function device print solutions.
His key priorities include:
- Ensuring a swift recovery in customer confidence now that Oki's production capability has recovered following the damage caused by the Thailand floods
- Focusing activities to better serve Australian customers utilising Oki's new office in Macquarie Park (Official Opening on the 29th of May) >li>Responding to the requirements of Oki customers with the Introduction of its Managed Print Service offering
He has had more than 20 years’ experience in the IT industry – specialising in project, partner and account management, as well as sales and marketing roles. Within Oki Data, he has worked in Japan, Europe and North America.
He most recently served at Oki Data Japan, managing the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market development support team, before taking on this position.
Prior to that, Kawahara worked for Oki Europe at the company’s EMEA regional headquarters in UK as its product planning and delivery manager.
Before joining Oki Data, he was based in Japan at Oki Electric Industry, the company’s parent organisation, where he was its account manager, responsibile for international business development for telecommunications products and systems.
Kawahara also previously worked for nine years at Oki America, across multiple locations in the US. He held several roles including senior manager, sales and marketing for telecommunications systems and marketing co-ordinator of strategic business planning.
He will be based in the company’s Sydney office.