He succeeded Sergio Kato on January 1, 2023.
Koji has enjoyed many pivotal roles during his 22 years with Ricoh, most recently as General Manager, Business Management Division, RGC.
He joined Ricoh Company, Ltd. in 2000, where he was responsible for marketing high speed colour laser printers for overseas markets. Six years later, he joined Ricoh Americas Corporation as Director of Business Development, where he headed up strategic investment for printer sales through IT distribution channels.Later, he assumed a Senior Manager role as Marketing Director, where he was responsible for new business development and commercialisation of mobile, cloud printing, and medical printing devices.
After returning to Japan in 2014, as General Manager of the Office Printing Division, he oversaw Office Printing, maintenance, and supply business strategy. In 2018 he was appointed Chairman and President of Ricoh China, after which the company enjoyed three consecutive years of its highest profits.
Koji comments: “It is a great honour to be appointed President of the Ricoh Graphic Communications Business Unit. I look forward to continuing our great work in developing services that contribute to the digital experience for commercial, industrial, and enterprise printing clients and brand owners. We are focused on further developing approaches to work practices to expand our clients’ business.Together these help us become a trusted business partner that grows with our clients.
“As part of my role I will also align Ricoh’s global development, production, sales, and service functions for the success of our clients' business.I put much importance on “Fulfilment through Work,” Ricoh’s vision for 2036. That means to help employees feel a sense of satisfaction, achievement, and self-realisation gained through work. I aim to achieve this while expanding the reach of print and the scope of our business as well as positively contributing to solving social issues.”
Eef de Ridder, Vice President, Graphic Communications, Ricoh Europe, welcomes the news, adding: “Ricoh has a reputation for innovation and unsurpassed client care that I fully expect Koji to elevate further. He will provide inspirational leadership, guidance, and direction while driving Ricoh’s continually evolving digital offering. In Europe we expect a continued strong focus on helping our clients in graphic arts, in enterprise print rooms, and in industrial sectors build resilience, and adaptability to these unprecedented times.”
For more information visit www.ricoh-europe.com.