Yokogawa South Africa is proud to announce that Mr. Naoki Nakamura has been appointed Managing Director of Yokogawa’s Southern African Group of companies. With more than 30 years history at Yokogawa Global, he succeeds Eiji Hamanaka who has returned to our Regional Headquarters in Bahrain.
Born and educated in Japan, Mr. Nakamura joined Yokogawa at the age of 23 years. He was assigned to the Kofu factory where he started off as a junior staff member at the control and production department. After the Japanese economic bubble burst in 1992, Mr. Nakamura was transferred into the sales organisation which triggered his career development within Yokogawa. He was appointed various challenging assignments over the years to manage several vast business aspects from production to sales, as well as leading numerous business units including global marketing, corporate audit and global human resources. He was also responsible for Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s major accounts, which saw him managing many global oil companies in his portfolio. In 2001, Mr. Nakamura was appointed as the first Managing Director of Yokogawa Nordic at the age of 34 and later served as Managing Director of Yokogawa Indonesia from 2014 to 2017. In 2017, he became Chief Operations Officer and Director of the Yokogawa India operations and supported the localisation of its Managing Director.
“It is an honour to be appointed as Managing Director of Yokogawa in Southern Africa. I am excited to work alongside the highly motivated and experienced people in this region, as I lead Yokogawa to further financial success,” said Mr. Nakamura. “I believe there is great potential in Southern Africa and look forward to developing this business further.”
Mr. Nakamura explains further, “Yokogawa contributes to the global economy by providing automation systems and related services to sustain healthy and safe plant operations. Our contribution to society underpins all of our business activities to create a sustainable global environment. This is one of our founding principles. I believe that Yokogawa Southern Africa can positively contribute towards this sustainable development through teamwork and unity as we work towards this goal together.”
After nearly 30 years of service at Yokogawa, his experience lies in change management, increasing business profitability, marketing, procurement and human resources. Mr. Nakamura’s appointment was confirmed on 1 July 2018.