Hideo Yamazaki to lead 3M Malaysia
By Digital News Asia February 12, 2014
- Yamazaki appointed to role of managing director
- Incumbent Wu takes on new role as MD of Taiwan
3M Malaysia has appointed Hideo Yamazaki (pic) its managing director, effective Feb 1, following the departure of incumbent Michael Wu who returns to his native country as managing director of 3M Taiwan.
Under Wu’s five years of stewardship, 3M Malaysia grew from strength to strength, the company said in a statement.
This growth has been in line with 3M’s global performance, which in 2013 allowed the company to provide the largest increase in dividends since 1948, it added.
Prior to his appointment, Yamazaki served as the executive director of 3M’s Industrial Business Group in Sumitomo 3M; overseeing the company’s Automotive, Advanced Material and Purification Divisions which under his leadership saw impressive growth in all key performance areas.
He has won several noteworthy global 3M Awards and has several registered patents and published articles under his name.
“The Asia Pacific region is of strategic importance for 3M and 3M Malaysia has been playing a key role in this area," said Yamazaki.
"I’m excited to work with my colleagues and business partners in Malaysia to further expand our contribution to local, regional and global customers; connecting customers’ needs with 3M’s innovative solutions and products.” he added.
In the fourth quarter of 2013, 3M grew 3.3% across the Asia Pacific region. The company also said that with Malaysia’s combination of a “stable and business friendly market environment, positive Government-led development initiatives and strong base of talented human capital resources," it is eager to further re-invest in the country, adding that South-East Asia is a key growth market, with both domestic and export opportunities.