Change of guard at Epson

Change of guard at Epson

Epson Australia is set for a change of guard as local managing director Hiroki Yamamoto prepares to return to Japan at the end of the month.

Epson Australia’s director of marketing communications and e-business, Mike Pleasants, has dismissed any speculation that Yamamoto’s departure was due to the poor performance of the local operation.

“At this moment in time we are very successful. We’ve grown this year and we’re looking at growth and increased activity next year as well, so I have to say that [those rumours] are not right.”

Pleasants said Yamamoto’s departure is part of a standard executive rotation procedure, which requires Epson MDs to change posts every five years.

Yamamoto, who has been in charge of local operations for the last six years, will be replaced by company veteran and current general manager Bruno Turcato on April 1.

"Part of the objective of Mr Yamamoto was to leave a local in charge," Pleasants said. "It's a change that Epson is implementing around the world at the moment," he said.

Pleasants, who followed Yamamoto from the UK to Singapore and later to Australia, will remain with the local operation.

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