By Andy Slawetsky – Konica Minolta announced a significant reshaping of its global organizational structure and leadership team, set to take effect on April 1, 2024. Konica Minolta made a similar announcement exactly one year ago, one of the biggest news stories of the year for the office equipment industry.

The Purpose Behind the Changes

According to the announcement, the restructuring aims to streamline authority and clarify responsibilities within the senior leadership, particularly among Senior Vice President & Executive Officers and Corporate Vice Presidents. Konica Minolta will reclassify its operations into three main segments: Business Technologies Business, Industrial Business, and Imaging Solution Business. Each segment will be under the leadership of a Senior Vice President & Executive Officer, ensuring focused and strategic oversight in areas critical to the company’s growth and innovation.

Segment Overview

  • Business Technologies Business will encompass Digital Workplace (integrating DW-DX with Office), Professional Print, and Chemical Products, highlighting Konica Minolta’s effort to integrate digital innovation with traditional office and professional printing solutions.
  • Industrial Business covers Sensing, Optical Components, IJ Components, and Performance Materials, reflecting the company’s commitment to high-tech industrial markets.
  • Imaging Solution Business includes Healthcare (Medical Imaging), FORXAI, Imaging-IoT Solutions, QOL Solutions, and Visual Solutions, showcasing Konica Minolta’s dedication to advancing imaging technology for a wide range of applications.

Leadership Team Updates

The announcement introduced several key leadership appointments, including new Senior Vice Presidents & Executive Officers responsible for various strategic and operational functions within the company. These appointments signal Konica Minolta’s intention to bring fresh perspectives and experienced leadership to its core business segments and support functions.

Notably, the leadership changes include:

  • Keisuke Ichijo, previously Corporate Senior Vice President and Representative Director and President of Konica Minolta Japan, Inc., is stepping into a Senior Vice President & Executive Officer role.
  • Hiroyuki Uemura, moving from Deputy General Manager of Quality Management Headquarters to Senior Vice President & Executive Officer, overseeing Corporate Quality Management.
  • New roles for executives like Ken Osuga, Miwa Okamura, Norihisa Takayama, Akiko Murayama, and Yusuke Yoshimura, each taking on significant responsibilities within their respective domains.

Executive Transitions

The reorganization also involves transitions for several Executive Vice Presidents & Executive Officers. This includes adjustments in responsibilities for individuals such as Noriyasu Kuzuhara, Toshiya Eguchi, and others, ensuring leadership alignment with the company’s strategic focus areas.

Retirements and New Appointments

Alongside these changes, Konica Minolta announced the retirement of several Senior Executive Vice Presidents & Executive Officers and the appointment of new Corporate Vice Presidents and a Technology Fellow.

SOURCE Industry Analysts Inc.