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  • Toshiba Names Taro Shimada to Head its Digital Solutions Business

    Expeted to continue to drive forward Toshiba’s transformation to become a world-leading cyber-physical systems technology company

    TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) and Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation (hereinafter “TDSL”) have announced that Taro Shimada, will take the reins at TDSL on April 1, succeeding Hironobu Nishikori as the company’s President and CEO.

    Shimada joined Toshiba Group in October 2018, from a distinguished career in industry, most notably with Germany’s Siemens. He is currently a Corporate Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Toshiba, charged with advancing the Group’s digital transformation, and as Group Executive and General Manager of the Cyber-Physical System Promotion Division has a leading role in positioning Toshiba as one of the world’s leading cyber-physical-systems (CPS) technology companies.

    TDSL is a core company in the Group’s digital solutions business, and delivers system integration and digital service solutions that support companies in all areas of business in accelerating their digital transformation. As Toshiba promotes its transformational “Toshiba Next Plan,” TDSL is expected to generate innovations that stimulate renewed growth.

    “I really welcome the challenges of this new appointment, Shimada said. “Mr. Nishikori has made TDSL a powerful driving force for Toshiba’s transformation and growth. Going forward, I hope to be able to build on his achievements, and contribute to Toshiba’s continued prosperity with solutions that open up wide horizons in CPS."

    On March 31, Hironobu Nishikori will resign as the President and CEO of TDSL, and as a Corporate Executive Vice President of Toshiba. On April 1, he will join Toshiba TEC Corporation as an Advisor; he will be nominated for the posts of President and CEO of the company at the ordinary general meeting of shareholders scheduled for June 2020.

    ■ Mr. Shimada’s career in brief

    April 1990: Joined ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd.
    September 1999: Joined Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, merged with UGS Corporation and Siemens AG
    March 2010: CEO of Siemens Industry Software Japan, Vice President of Siemens Industry Software U.S.A.
    September 2015: Appointed Senior Executive Operating Officer, head of Digital Factory and Process Industries & Drives Division, Siemens K.K. in Japan
    October 2018: Joined Toshiba Corporation as Corporate Digital Business Chief Strategy Officer
    April 2019: Corporate Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, General Executive and General Manager of Cyber-Physical System Promotion Division
    October 2019: Corporate Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, General Executive and General Manager of Cyber-Physical System Promotion Division Director, Vice President (part time), Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation