Charlotte, NC – SATO, a leader in barcode printing, labeling, and EPC/RFID solutions, announced recently the appointment of J. Michael Fowler as the new General Manager of the International Business Division of SATO Corporation as of July 1, 2011.
Mr. Fowler succeeds Kaz Matsuyama to become SATO Corporation's first non-Japanese General Manager. While remaining President of SATO International America, Mr. Fowler will be based at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and will direct SATO Corporation's international business strategies including sales and product development. In conjunction with his new responsibilities, Mr. Fowler is also named Senior Executive Officer of SATO Corporation. His predecessor, Mr. Matsuyama, to whom Mr. Fowler will report, will now focus on corporate leadership as SATO Corporation's Executive Vice President and COO.
"Mike has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, not only in delivering solid business performance, but also in establishing a corporate culture that is firmly grounded in what best defines the SATO business model and values," said Kaz Matsuyama. "He clearly represents the drive and commitment required to meet the ever-increasing demands of SATO's global plans."
SATO is a pioneer and leading global provider of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection solutions that leverage barcode and RFID technologies. SATO manufactures innovative, reliable auto-identification systems and offers complete solutions to businesses by integrating hardware, software, media supplies and maintenance services. Customers rely on SATO for accuracy, labor and resource savings helping to preserve the environment.
Founded in 1940, SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has sales and support offices in over 20 countries and is represented globally through a world-class network of partners. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011, it reported revenues of JPY 78,368 million (US$ 914M).
SOURCE: SATO America