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Canon NZ appoints first female leader

Canon New Zealand has announced that managing director Yusuke Mizoguchi will be promoted to managing director of Canon Australia/Canon Oceania, as of 1 April 2015, based in Sydney. 

Following Mizoguchi’s appointment, Kim Conner, Canon New Zealand general manager Canon Consumer Imaging, will be promoted to the role of managing director of Canon New Zealand. Conner will become the first female managing director for the Canon Oceania region.

Replacing outgoing managing director Taz Nakamasu, Mizoguchi will also take up the position of chairman of Canon New Zealand and chairman of Canon’s Australian R&D company, CiSRA.

Mizoguchi says he is pleased to be leaving Canon New Zealand in the hands of an exceptional leader and strong management team.

“Kim has shown strong leadership, a passion for our brand and its people, making her the best person to help ensure the company continues to be a sustainable business,” Mizoguchi says. “She has been a wonderful contributor to Canon NZ, leading her team through many years of growth, achievement and market share improvement in numerous consumer categories.” 

He adds, “I’m pleased that my role as chairman of Canon NZ will enable me to continue to have a relationship with the Canon New Zealand team and I’m looking forward to seeing our planned initiatives for the year rolled out.”

Conner says Mizoguchi has taken Canon NZ through a number of changes and has achieved numerous business outcomes during his more than three years leading the company.

“I am honoured to be following Yusuke as managing director and I’m excited to be taking on the business at this exciting time,” she says. “We have a great team of passionate people behind the Canon NZ brand and we have some solid plans in place to strengthen our position for the coming year and beyond.”