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Kyocera Announces North American Leadership Succession Plan

January 6, 2010
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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.

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