Canon India has appointed Manabu Yamazaki as the new president and CEO, effective April 1, 2021. In his new role, Yamazaki will spearhead Canon’s business strategy and operations in India.
Manabu Yamazaki takes over the baton from Kazutada Kobayashi, who was at the helm for 9 years leading growth in the India market. Before his new role, he was working as the chief regional officer for the brand in Eastern China, overseeing various functions in the APAC region.
Yamazaki has been associated with Canon since 1989 and has also been a notable contributor in business management across European, Middle Eastern, Russian, and African markets.
Commenting on his appointment, Yamazaki, said: ‘I am delighted and excited to join Canon India and to work closely with a team of highly skilled professionals here. As a vibrant nation, India is brimming with entrepreneurship and holds vast potential for exploring newer creative avenues.
‘We, at Canon, are fully committed to the Indian market and I am looking forward to building on Canon’s track record of success and innovation and continuing to deliver value and delight to all stakeholders. Considering the vast reach and diversity, we will continue with our endeavor of expanding product propositions and presence across different parts of the country.’
A seasoned leader, Yamazaki has worn multiple hats throughout his storied career. He will be overseeing the strategic operations of Canon India and is tasked to strengthen the existing core businesses and bolster the growth in the brand’s imaging expertise.
During the pandemic, Canon led through uncertainty, adapted to changing customer needs, and improved its customer service. The company added new products to its portfolio and has also expanded its regional outlets in the past year.