Canon U.S.A. names new CEO and president

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By Dan Sears

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Canon U.S.A., headquartered in Melville has named Isao “Sammy” Kobayashi as its new president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.

Kobayashi had most recently served as president and CEO at Canon Canada for the past year.

Kobayashi succeeds Kazuto “Kevin” Ogawa, who will return to Japan for a new assignment following five years after five years at Canon U.S.A., having served as president and CEO since April of 2020.

Beginning his career at Canon Inc in 1990, Kobayashi served first in the photocopier sales division and became assistant manager in the Canon U.S.A. inkjet printer group in 2005.

After several promotions, he became a vice president in the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group in 2020, overseeing the company’s consumer imaging products. In 2021,  Kobayashi served as vice president and general manager of the new Hybrid-workplace Solutions Group (HSG), which was formed to address the increased demand for products and solutions needed for the hybrid workstyles amid COVID-19.

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In April 2022, Kobayashi became senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A. and was appointed as an executive officer of Canon Inc., a title he still holds today.

“I am honored to take on this role as president and CEO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. and will do my best to continue the hard work of our employees, customers, channel partners and other stakeholders that have made this company so successful,” Kobayashi said in a written statement.

“I thank Mr. Ogawa for leading Canon U.S.A. through a period of great uncertainty and for his unwavering support,” Kobayashi added. “I fondly remember my time at Canon U.S.A. and look forward to returning and starting this new career chapter.”

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