Fujifilm undergoes exec shakeup

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Fujifilm Medical Systems has announced a series of changes to its executive team.

President and CEO, Hirokai Tada will retire from Fujifilm Medical in mid 2010. He has been with Fujfilm Corporation for more than 36 years, having worked for various Fujifilm subsidiaries in diverse capacities throughout Japan, Europe and North America. Prior to joining Fujifilm Medical, Tada was president and CEO of Fujifilm Graphic Systems.

Tada’s successor will be Naohiro Fujitani. Formally general manager of Fujifilm Graphic in Europe, Fujitani has been with Fujifilm Corporation for the past 34 years and will bring technical knowledge to Fujifilm Medical. Fujitani began his transition to Fujifilm Medical on Dec. 28, 2009, according to the company, and will be officially named the company’s president and CEO in mid 2010.  

Other changes to the Fujifilm corporate structure include the appointment of Robert Cooke as vice president and general manager of medical informatics in the U.S. Cooke will head all business and customer facing functions of the Fujifilm’s medical informatics division. Aaron Waitz, former president and CEO of ProSolv Cardiovascular, has assumed the role of vice president, product development of medical informatics global, and will manage product development for the medical informatics portfolio.

Also, the company has added a new vice president of human resources, Teresa A. Oakley, who will be the first HR executive to become a member of its executive committee. Oakley is responsible for all aspects of human resources for the company’s U.S. operations including compensation, benefits, HRIS, performance management, talent acquisition, recruitment and succession planning.  

Fujifilm also is announcing the departure of executive vice president, John Weber, who is leaving the company after 24 years. During his tenure with Fujifilm, Weber was the leading member of the executive committee that transformed Fujifilm from its position as a film distributor to its position as a digital imaging and medical informatics company.