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OKI Data Americas Names Takabumi Asahi Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for North America


Mount Laurel, April 2, 2009

OKI Data Americas, Inc. which markets under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, today announced that Mr. Takabumi Asahi has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for North America.

Asahi will be responsible for the development and implementation of the international business strategy in all product areas targeted at the North American market, including sales and marketing, product marketing, account management, finance and logistics.

"In his new role as Executive Vice President and COO of North America, Takabumi will be involved in all aspects of our US and Canadian business," said Stewart Krentzman, President and CEO of OKI Data Americas. "His experience with OKI Electric and OKI Electric America makes Takabumi an asset to OKI Data Americas, as he focuses on corporate strategy in the North American market."

Since October 2008, Asahi has served as President and CEO of OKI Electric America Inc., where he had executive control over the corporate business and financial planning for product sales. In this position, he directed company-wide sales operations and activities to ensure successful business operations and increased corporate profitability. OKI Electric America also conducts marketing and sales activities for its info-telecom business and other Group businesses including sensor devices, printed circuits, cables, and power supplies.

Asahi joined OKI Data Americas parent company, OKI Electric Industry Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1987, and has held numerous positions within various overseas operations in the semiconductor business. He has experience in strategic planning, sales and marketing, as well as numerous management positions such as President of OKI Taiwan Inc., from 1998 to 2000. Prior to his appointment at OKI Electric America, he was VP of Business Development and then promoted to President and CEO at OKI Semiconductor Company, located in California.

Mr. Asahi will report to President and CEO, Stewart Krentzman. Asahi will join the Executive Management Team that in addition to Krentzman is comprised of Jim Hargadon, Executive Vice President and CFO and Mick Takahara, Senior Vice President of Corporate Planning, Strategic Technology Relationships and Operations.

Mr. Asahi holds a B.S. in Applied Science from Chiba University, Japan.

About OKI Data Americas, Inc.

OKI Data Americas Inc., headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J., and a subsidiary of OKI Data Corporation of Japan, markets PC peripheral equipment and customized document management solutions under the OKI Printing Solutions brand, including digital color and monochrome printers, color and monochrome multifunction products, serial impact dot matrix printers and thermal label printers, as well as a full line of options, accessories and consumables. OKI Data Americas takes a consultative approach to supporting every customer's needs and delivering individualized print solutions that optimize business performance. The company's innovative technology is backed by Tokyo-based parent company Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., a world leader in information processing systems, telecommunications and electronics; and an approximately $7.1 billion multinational corporation according to its FY 2007 financial reporting. Keeping its customers needs top of mind, OKI Data Americas is ISO 9001:2000 certified and most products have earned the ENERGY STAR® certification. As an extension of the company's dedication to its customers, OKI Data Americas created the Color Me OKI philanthropic program to support breast and colorectal cancers. The program celebrates those touched by both causes with vintage vehicles and musical entertainment at fundraising events nationwide. For more information, please visit

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