Shigeyuki Sasaki takes over Mitutoyo Europe leadership
The year 1975 saw a young employee joining Mitutoyo in Utsunomia/Japan: Shigeyuki Sasaki was hired as an engineer for the Japanese premium measuring instruments manufacturer. Now, more than 40 years later, he has taken over the President’s position of Mitutoyo’s European headquarters. He succeeds Harumi Aoki, who assumed leadership of the Mitutoyo Europe GmbH with its establishment in 2010.
Hardly anybody equals Sasaki (left in image) in terms of experience in leadership, sales, quality control and strategic planning. The sympathetic engineer from Morioka/Japan has served numerous roles for Mitutoyo in many parts of the world. Between 1987 and 1997 he held the position of a manager in the Import/Export department of Sampoh Messgeraete GmbH in Neuss – in those days the German Mitutoyo subsidiary.
His positions as General Manager for Mitutoyo Argentina (2000 through 2005) and as Vice President and President/CEO for Mitutoyo America and Canada brought him to South and North America, gaining him a high level of international and intercultural experience.
Germany is not an uncharted territory for 60-year-old Sasaki, and still numerous of his former colleagues are still working for Mitutoyo in Neuss. A lot has evolved since those days. Shigeyuki Sasaki will follow in the footsteps of the successful President Aoki, who has managed to set up new records in turnover for no less than five consecutive years.
“Success is always a team accomplishment. The staff is the essential factor of a company failing or succeeding”, Sasaki states. “Respect and trust are the highest values among the Mitutoyo employees. And with this in mind, we will be powerful, conquer market share and turn Mitutoyo into the number one measuring instruments manufacturer on the European market”, says the new President.
Harumi Aoki, aged 66, will return to Japan and act as managing director of the Buddhist Society. In the mind of the predecessor, former Mitutoyo President Toshihide Numata, he will apply his energies for the Buddhist idea and peace in the world. Numata, the Mitutoyo company founder’s son, passed away in February 2017.