Takaaki Kurose (58) has been appointed President of FUJIFILM Europe as of 1 September 2014. He is succeeding Toru Takahashi who has returned to Japan to take over a new position as a member of the board of FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation. From his predecessor, Kurose will take over all functions and responsibilities in Europe, including the role of President of FUJIFILM Europe GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany, and President of FUJIFILM Europe B.V. in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Kurose graduated from Waseda University, Tokyo and joined Fujifilm in 1979. He held several positions in the Fujifilm organization, among them control functions for Recording Media at Odawara Factory, product planning for Electronic Imaging, international marketing for Photo Imaging, and assignments on top management level in the United States and Italy. In his last assignment he was President of FUJIFILM Holdings France, based in Paris. Kurose is based in Düsseldorf, Germany, in order to assume his new responsibilities.
"Within recent years, the Fujifilm organization across Europe has been further expanded" says Kurose. "I will continue the work and goals of my predecessor and keep developing the regional head office functions of FUJIFILM Europe, managing the operations of all our Business Domains across Europe, such as Imaging, Optical Devices, Medical Systems, Graphic Systems, Recording Media and Industrial Products. I am committed to contribute to our continued business success in this important region."