Ceramic Industry News

Kyocera Announces North American Leadership Succession Plan

Kyocera recently announced a succession plan at its North American headquarters that will result in three executive promotions.

Kyocera recently announced a leadership succession plan at its North American headquarters that will result in three executive promotions. Effective April 1, 2010, Rodney N. Lanthorne, currently president of Kyocera International, Inc. (KII), Kyocera’s North American headquarters and holding company, will assume the responsibility of vice chairman of KII’s board of directors. Lanthorne will relinquish his responsibility as KII president effective March 31, 2010. He will continue in his other corporate responsibilities, which include serving as a director of Kyocera Corp. of Kyoto, Japan, the group’s global headquarters and parent company.

John S. Rigby, formerly president of Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp. (KICC), will succeed Lanthorne as president of KII, effective April 1, 2010. Rigby has assumed the role of KII president-elect effective January 1, 2010, reporting to Lanthorne, and will continue in his other corporate responsibilities as an executive officer of Kyocera Corp.

David M. Williams, formerly vice president of KICC’s Cutting Tools Division, has been promoted to KICC president effective January 1, 2010, reporting to Lanthorne and Rigby. Williams will continue in his responsibilities as general manager of the Cutting Tools Division during a transitional period.

“John Rigby and David Williams have more than 50 years of combined experience in building strong business operations while embracing Kyocera’s core values,” said Lanthorne. “Their thorough knowledge of Kyocera products, technologies and ‘customer first’ principles will support our continued success in North America.”

For more information, visit www.kyocera.com/kicc or http://global.kyocera.com.


Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Ceramic Industry Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2015 Ceramics Expo

Snapshots from the 2015 Ceramics Expo, April 28-30, Cleveland, Ohio. Posted: May 14, 2015.


Ceramics Expo podcast
Editor Susan Sutton discusses the upcoming Ceramics Expo with event director Adam Moore.
More Podcasts

Ceramic Industry Magazine

June 2015 ceramic industry

2015 June

This issue features our first annual Supplier of the Year Awards. Be sure to check it out!
Table Of Contents Subscribe

Daily News

We know where you find the latest ceramic industry news (ahem), but where do you catch up on the rest of your daily news?
View Results Poll Archive


M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\Ceramics Industry\handbook of advanced ceramics.gif
Handbook of Advanced Ceramics Machining

Ceramics, with their unique properties and diverse applications, hold the potential to revolutionize many industries, including automotive and semiconductors.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


facebook_40px twitter_40px  youtube_40pxlinkedin_40google+ icon 40px


CI Data Book July 2012

Ceramic Industry's Directories including Components, Equipment Digest, Services, Data Book & Buyers Guide, Materials Handbook and much more!