New MD and new chair for Fuji Xerox NZ

Fuji Xerox New Zealand has promoted chief operating officer Peter Thomas to the position of managing director, effective 1 October 1.

Fuji Xerox New Zealand has promoted chief operating officer Peter Thomas to the position of managing director, effective 1 October 1.

The company also announced a new position of chairman of the board and appointed Haruhiko Imai to that position, also effective October 1, saying it was “ready to take on a new era as a rejuvenated and refreshed company.”

Fuji Xerox NZ is struggling to recover from a long running saga of financial wrongdoing that earlier this month saw it launch legal action against two former senior executives.

Thomas was appointed COO of Fuji Xerox NZ in April 2016 and the company has credited him with “leading the transformation of Fuji Xerox New Zealand and driving widespread change throughout the organisation [including] establishing an appropriate governance and management system to address the issues that were highlighted in the report by the Independent Investigation Committee, which was established by Fujifilm Holdings Corporation.”

The creation of the new post of chairman suggests that Fuji Xerox’s parent is keeping its New Zealand subsidiary under close scrutiny in the wake of the financial scandal.

Fuji Xerox NZ said the move was “part of continuing support provided to Fuji Xerox New Zealand by the Fuji Xerox headquarters in Japan. … Imai will strengthen governance to solidify the Fuji Xerox New Zealand operations as well as to galvanise the company’s board meetings, in addition to serving as a close bridge between Fuji Xerox New Zealand and its parent companies.”

Before joining Fuji Xerox NZ Thomas had a 23 year career with Westpac Banking Corporation which included senior roles in the financial market’s international business and corporate banking units.

He has also worked for the NZ Government, as chief information officer for the NZ Defence Force, and was the inaugural deputy chief executive officer of the corporate services division of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) where he led the merger of the corporate functions of the four ministries that became MBIE.

The new chairman has worked for Fuji Xerox for 34 years in a variety of sales and marketing roles. Most recently as US-based senior general manager for global account marketing.

Gray turns to Green at FJ Australia.

Fuji Xerox Australia has named Steve Green executive general manager – sales, replacing Garry Gray, who it said had left the company to pursue other interests.

Fuji Xerox said: “Green comes to Fuji Xerox Australia bringing 25 years of industry experience. In his most recent assignments, he has held Asia Pacific Leadership roles that included the Australian market. He has been responsible for leading change, driving transformation and growth.”


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