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Reginald Bland and John Busse to Join Hitachi America, Ltd.’s Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division
SAN DIEGO – May 14, 2007 – Hitachi America, Ltd. announced today that Reginald Bland and John Busse have joined the company’s Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, which focuses on providing advanced digital products to businesses and consumers. Appointed as Region Sales Managers, Mr. Bland will manage Hitachi’s sales in the Pacific Southwest and Mr. Busse in the Pacific Northwest territories.
Mr. Bland has more than 20 years experience in strategic marketing, tactical sales and key account management. He most recently served as director of sales for Los Angeles-based GPX Inc. where he was responsible for sales and marketing for the Western United States and managing a team of independent sales representatives. Prior to GPX, Mr. Bland was a consumer electronics specialist for DSI Distributing where he led sales efforts for Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Mr. Bland spent 25 years at Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc., starting off as an area sales manager, working his way up to regional sales manager. During his time with Thomson, Mr. Bland received numerous award including Management Winners Circle and Salesman of the Year. He began his career at NCR Corporation as a sales representative.
Mr. Busse brings more than 18 years of expertise to Hitachi in wholesale management. He previously worked as a national account manager and a key account manager for Thomson Inc. where he focused on clients such as Costco, Fry’s Electronics, Fred Meyer, Amazon.com, Video Only, Magnolia A/V and The Bon Marche. During his time with Thomson, Mr. Busse was responsible for strategic marketing and sales, sales forecasting, inventory control, and project planning and implementation. He received several awards for his work for the company, including Corporate Recognition for Sales Performance. Prior to Thomson, Mr. Busse worked for Allied Stores, Inc. – The Bon Marche where he started as an assistant buyer and worked his way up to a buyer for consumer electronics.
Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division’s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders. The division’s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM.
Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi's product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv. For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia. For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com. Hitachi brand business products are connected through Hitachi’s OneVision program, which makes it possible for any Hitachi business unit dealer to sell Hitachi products from other Hitachi business units.
Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.