Top leadership post in Canon PH reverts to Japanese hands

More than 10 years after the departure of the last Japanese executive to helm the Philippine subsidiary of tech giant Canon, the top executive post in the company is back to Japanese hands once again.

CMPI president and CEO Kazuhiro Ozawa

CMPI president and CEO Kazuhiro Ozawa

This is after Canon Marketing Philippines Inc. (CMPI) recently announced the appointment of Kazuhiro Ozawa as its new president and CEO following the retirement of Lim Kok Hin, who served Canon for 35 years.

The local Canon office has been led by a succession of non-Japanese executives since its last Japanese boss left around 2005. The tech firm’s first Filipino chief, Ramon Arteficio, held office from 2005 to 2009, followed by Singaporean Allan Chng from 2010 to 2014, while Malaysian Lim Kok Hin served from 2014 to 2017.

The 53-year-old Ozawa has spent 28 years of his professional life at Canon where he has been exposed and immersed with different markets from Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. His previous posting was in Canon Singapore.

“The Philippine market has a lot of potential,” Ozawa remarked. “We know Filipinos are enthusiastic photo-takers and are talented enough to fuel their passions, such as photography and videography, and turn them into something profitable.

“In addition, the growing economy bares needs for solutions that can simplify business workflow to increase operation efficiency, as well as ensure information security, for the benefit of both the entrepreneurs and the local workforce,” said Ozawa.

CMPI vice president Anuj Aggarwal

CMPI vice president Anuj Aggarwal

Meanwhile, CMPI also bared the appointment of Anuj Aggarwal as its new as vice president to oversee the company’s corporate and finance divisions.

Aggarwal joins the organization with over 20 years of experience in the finance industry and from his previous post as vice president and chief financial officer of Canon India.

Among his list of achievements include being awarded as “One of India’s Greatest CFOs” by India’s Greatest.com, and establishing Canon India’s finance, legal, taxation and corporate planning divisions.

“This new endeavor with the Philippines is something I have been looking forward to. The promising market excites me to go forth with our plans that will lead to continuing business growth and positive contributions of Canon to the Filipino community,” said Aggarwal.

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