Hamamatsu, Japan-based Roland DG Corp.—parent company of Roland DGA, Irvine, California—announces that long-time representative director, chairman and president, Masahiro Tomioka, will be stepping down from the position of president, which he has held for 30 years, and Hidenori Fujioka, director and executive vice president of the company, will be taking over that role.
Tomioka will remain as representative director and chairman.
During his decades-long tenure as president, Tomioka spearheaded the transformation of Roland DG from a manufacturer of pen plotters to 3D desktop fabrication tools, vinyl cutters and wide-format inkjet printers while achieving worldwide sales leadership with high profitability. To ensure future sales growth, he recently tapped into the company's inkjet and 3D technologies to expand into the on-demand digital printing and health care industries. He was also responsible for promoting the company's innovative GlobalOne plan, which unified R&D with sales and marketing as one group and leveraged the company's talent globally to respond faster to market changes.
The announcement comes as Roland DG implements a new mid-term business plan for 2016-2020 and a new organizational structure to facilitate new business development.
“As we look toward the next thirty years, we aim to use the GlobalOne platform to drive sustainable growth and create multiple pillars of business to meet the needs of the coming era,” Tomioka says. “I believe Fujioka's extensive knowledge of industry-leading technologies and his track record of creating high-value solutions for a wide variety of markets will allow the company to quickly adapt its business model and accelerate its growth.”
Since joining Roland DG, Fujioka has earned acclaim for strengthening and diversifying the company’s ink, inkjet print head, 3D and UV technologies to enable the company to quickly develop a variety of new products and solutions that deliver added value.
“These are exciting times at Roland DG and I am honored to serve as President,” Fujioka says. "Roland DG offers a sophisticated product line with a passionate culture and family spirit. While upholding its corporate culture and spirit, I intend to turn the company into a more progressive and innovative organization to achieve sustainable growth.
“My goal is to shift our business to a new digital era model that will serve as a foundation for the next big leap in growth by capitalizing on our GlobalOne business platform. Together, we will unlock the full potential of our employees worldwide in order to realize new market creation with products and services that exceed customer expectations.”