Tokyo, Japan — April 2, 2018— Wacom Co., Ltd. today announced that Nobutaka (Nobu) Ide was named Representative Director, President and CEO of Wacom Co., Ltd., effective April 1, 2018.
Nobu Ide joined Wacom in August 2013, as head of marketing in the Technology Solution Business Unit (TSBU; formerly Component Business Unit). Also, he has led efforts to promote Wacom’s digital pen technologies across industries, while developing broad partnerships with key industry players.
Upon his appointment as President and CEO, Nobu Ide re-enforced Wacom’s commitment as a “technology leadership company,” with a mission of delivering a unique and innovative digital pen experience, achieved through Wacom’s technology assets in digital pen and digital ink solutions, while driving its corporate vision: “for a creative world.”
“I am confident in Nobu’s clear vision for innovation, and his global business experience compliments his ability to lead Wacom into the future, in the midst a truly dynamic period of industry transformation,” said Masahiko Yamada, former Representative Director, President and CEO of Wacom. “I believe he will successfully leverage Wacom’s broad customer base and global business foundation, to strive for new growth of the company through technology innovation and extensive partnerships.”
“I am extremely excited to take on the role of President and CEO, as we enter the next chapter of the company,” said Nobu. “I firmly believe the voice of our customers remains the most important asset for Wacom, in line with our corporate mission to offer the best digital pen experience to encourage human creativity and technological innovation, and maintaining a close dialogue with our customers remains essential for our success. As a technology leadership company, we aim to continue introducing new types of experiences and unique values for users of our digital pen and ink solutions to nurture creativity, which is delivered through Wacom‘s technology assets and by understanding our customers’ needs. To achieve this, we will also pursue synergies in state-of-the-art technologies such as in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.”
As announced on October 2, 2017, after his resignation as President and CEO on March 31, 2018, Masahiko Yamada will retire as Director following Wacom’s 35th Ordinary Shareholders‘ Meeting at the end of June 2018.
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries and areas. It is the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom’s interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most tablet device and PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability to deliver a superior user interface experience.
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