Konica Minolta Appoints Sakie T. Fukushima to Board of Directors
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is pleased to announce Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) has appointed Sakie Tachibana Fukushima, a well-known business executive and advocate for women’s initiatives, as board member at the shareholders meeting on June 18, 2019.
Sakie is a recognised business leader, and I am pleased to welcome her to the board of directors. I look forward to her insights and guidance as Konica Minolta continues to build its digital capabilities to support global operations and serve its customers.
I am proud and excited to be joining the Board of Directors during this time of innovation and transformation. I have a deep respect for the company’s board and leadership team and am honored to be appointed to this important role.
Fukushima, President and Representative Director of G&S Global Advisors Inc., will serve as one of five independent outside directors. Formerly a Japanese instructor at Harvard University and a consultant at Bain & Company, she joined Korn Ferry International in 1991, where she later became the President & CEO of Korn Ferry Japan for nine years. During her time at Korn Ferry, she served as an internal board member of the firm for twelve years (1995 to 2007), during which time she was the only internal board member other than the CEO after Korn Ferry went public in 1999.
Since 2002, Fukushima has served as an outside board member at eleven major Japanese companies, including Kao, Sony, Mitsubishi, Bridgestone, and Ajinomoto. She was a member of the advisory board of the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) for ten years and has been chair during the past seven years of the selection committee of DBJ’s New Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs. Since 2003, she has served as Trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, one of the three major business organisations in Japan. From 2011 to 2015, she served as one of the organisation’s twelve Vice Chairpersons and the only woman. Her work is focused on the globalisation of human capital and promotion of corporate governance.
Fukushima has also served on subcommittees of the Cabinet Office; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In January 2008, she was named as the only Japanese in Business Week’s “World’s Most Influential Headhunters.” She has authored five books and coauthored two books. In addition, she has written numerous articles and given frequent lectures on the globalisation of human capital, diversity promotion, career development and corporate governance.
About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, ‘IDC MarketScape: Western Europe Smart Multifunctional Peripheral 2018 Vendor Assessment’ stated that Konica Minolta is ‘recognised globally as a leading smart MFP provider of note’. As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa (InfoSource). In the healthcare sector, Konica Minolta drives digitalisation of clinical workflows and offers a broad range of next-level diagnostic solutions. Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its solutions that combine ‘smart service with smart technology’, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Outstanding Serviceability 2018/2019’ from Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With almost 10,300 employees (as of April 2019), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.39 billion in financial year 2018/19.
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