SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera International Inc. (KII) today announced the appointment of Mr. Yasuhiro Oishi as president of San Diego-based Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI). KCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc. that provides the sales, marketing, customer engineering and service functions for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless devices in the Americas. Oishi previously was vice president and general manager of global sales & marketing for KCI. He replaces Eiichi Toriyama, who served as KCI’s president since 2008 and accepts a new role as KCI’s chairman. The changes took effect as the company began its new fiscal year on April 1.
“It has been my pleasure to serve as president of Kyocera Communications Inc.,” said Mr. Toriyama. “I have full confidence in Mr. Oishi to carry our business into a new season of success, and I look forward to my continued involvement as Chairman.”
Oishi joined Kyocera Corp. in 1985 with a degree in commercial science from Doshisha University in Japan. Upon Kyocera’s acquisition of the mobile phone division of Qualcomm Inc. in 2000, he moved to San Diego to become part of Kyocera’s U.S. wireless equipment business. Through 2008 he served as vice president of procurement, after which he spent two years as vice president of supply chain and production. Kyocera acquired the global mobile phone division of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008, and consolidated its U.S. wireless operations to create KCI the following year. Oishi became KCI’s vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing in 2010.
“I am honored to accept this position and grateful for Kyocera’s confidence in my leadership abilities,” said Oishi. “I have great respect for Mr. Toriyama and hope to build upon the strong foundation and positive results that KCI achieved under his guidance.”
KII President John Rigby lauded the contributions of both Toriyama and Oishi toward the company’s strong performance gains over the past several quarters. “We have developed a winning formula through global teamwork,” Rigby stated. “This leadership transition is designed to reinforce the strategies and structures that have shown to be successful in our communications equipment operations.”
About Kyocera Communications Inc.
Kyocera Communications Inc. (KCI) is the headquarters for Kyocera- and Sanyo-branded wireless products and accessories in the Americas. The company’s devices are driving the convergence of telecommunications, broadband and multimedia. KCI was formed in April 2009 through the combination of Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Kyocera Sanyo Telecommunications Inc., two wholly owned subsidiaries of Kyocera International Inc. The former was created when Kyocera purchased QUALCOMM Incorporated’s consumer wireless phone business in 2000, while the latter was formed when Kyocera purchased the wireless phone business of Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. in 2008. Based in San Diego, KCI leverages Japan’s history of creating advanced consumer technologies around humanism and respect for the environment and blending them with a Western entrepreneurialism and style, resulting in a unique design language and a natural, user-friendly interface. For more information, please visit http://www.kyocera-wireless.com or follow the company on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kyoceramobilephones.
Kyocera International Inc. is the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyocera Corporation of Kyoto, Japan.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as “advanced ceramics”). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, office-document imaging equipment, solar power generating systems, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the Kyocera Group’s consolidated net sales totaled 1.07 trillion yen (approximately US $11.5 billion); results for the year ended March 31, 2011, forecast to include revenue growth exceeding 15%, will be announced on April 27. Kyocera is ranked #554 on Forbes magazine’s 2010 “Global 2000” listing of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.
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