Ceramic Industry

Asahi Glass Co. Announces New Leadership

June 24, 2010

Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) has named four new executives to positions in AGC Glass Co. North America (AGNA). Marehisa Ishiko, president and CEO, succeeds Brad Kitterman; Kenzo Moriyama is executive vice president of Strategic Planning; Kazu Sako is senior vice president and CFO, succeeding Ryne Van Gorp; and Mike Vigna succeeds Lisa Escobar as vice president, Human Resources.

Ishiko joins AGNA from AGC Japan, where he was president of AGC Glass Co. for the Japan/Asia Pacific region. He has 28 years of experience with various AGC companies, including diverse experience in all phases of the flat and auto glass businesses.

Moriyama and Sako are also each 28-year veterans of AGC. Moriyama most recently served as general manager of Planning and Strategy for AGC Glass Co. Japan/Asia Pacific. Sako most recently served in a dual role in AGC’s Finance and Control Office, where he headed up the finance area and also led the planning and coordination for that office. He has worked twice before for AGC Automotive Americas.

Vigna has been with AGC for 10 years and was most recently with AGC America (AGNA’s parent company) as North American regional vice president of Human Resources. He will now also be responsible for all human resources for AGNA and its subsidiaries.

“AGNA’s financial performance has been disappointing over an extended period of time–even taking into account the economic downturn,” said Akio Endo, AGC senior executive vice president and president of AGC Glass Co., which oversees all of the AGC’s glass businesses worldwide. “AGC is a world leader in glass production, and we are determined to be a leader in North America. We are fully committed to this end and will leverage our global resources to achieve the full potential of our businesses here. The assignment of these proven and talented executives is, in itself, a strong statement of our commitment.”

“There is great opportunity for AGNA,” said Ishiko. “We have a very strong team of people who understand this business and want their company to excel.”

For more information, visit www.agcamerica.com.