Konica Minolta Business Solutions Announces New President, Kiyotaka Suhara

Langenhagen, Germany | 3 April 2023

New Presidency to contribute to the transformative journey to accelerate digital innovation at Konica Minolta Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe (Konica Minolta) has announced the appointment of Kiyotaka Suhara as its new President, effective from 1 April 2023. He will succeed the current President, Tadahiko Sumitani, who will be stepping down from the position.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe – currently named among the “Top 100 Global Innovators 2023” by Clarivate for the second consecutive year, has announced the appointment of Kiyotaka Suhara as new President. Mr. Suhara has extensive experience in business transformation, having held senior positions in a variety of industries, including Boston Consulting, Berlitz Japan, and Domino’s Pizza Japan. Most recently, he served as General Secretary and CEO of the Japan Football Association. He was also President and CEO of Kinko’s Japan, where he successfully led the acquisition of the company from FedEx to Konica Minolta, Inc. Suhara holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from Keio University with a Faculty of Law degree.

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"I am honoured to be joining Konica Minolta at this exciting time. I look forward to working with the talented team at Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe and am dedicated to bolstering the brand's transformative journey, as it continues to fortify its position and enhance its core competencies within the market as well as driving sustainable growth for our customers, employees, and stakeholders."

Kiyotaka Suhara

President, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta has been listed among the “2023 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World” for the sixth time and is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With Mr. Suhara’s appointment, Konica Minolta is poised to continue its growth trajectory and further strengthen its position in the market.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. With its unique expertise in imaging, data processing and data-based decision making, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers - small and medium-sized businesses, large enterprises and public sector - and solves issues faced by society.

As a digital workplace solution provider, Konica Minolta helps its clients to identify and unlock the potential digitalisation holds and reach the next level in the digital maturity of their organisation by rethinking the workplace. In support of an ‘Intelligent connected workplace’, Konica Minolta offers cloud, IT, managed print and video solution services for remote working, collaboration, workflow management and automation and security. The company’s success in driving transformation is also confirmed by IDC, since the ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2023 Vendor Assessment’ has named Konica Minolta a “Leader” in print transformation. Konica Minolta has been a Microsoft Global Managed Partner since 2021.

Konica Minolta's Igniting Print Possibilities offering helps printers, converters and brand owners maximise workflow automation to increase efficiency. The company delivers consultancy in all communication matters as well as top-of-the-line production, packaging as well as label printers. Its finishing devices create print products that stand out and create added value. Konica Minolta has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource).

For an increasing number of organisations, success today is more than the narrow definition of financial prosperity – it also includes protecting the environment and having a positive impact on their workforce as well as the societies they are embedded in. With its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Konica Minolta has pledged to consistently pursue its sustainability and social responsibility goals.

The company has been repeatedly recognised for its rich history of social contribution as well as for working towards achieving the SDGs throughout its business and supply chain. Konica Minolta received a GOLD Level Recognition Medal in the EcoVadis sustainability ratings for 2024.

For its remote services, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘Buyers Lab (BLI) 2023-2024 Pacesetter Award in Remote Service for the Western European market’ from Keypoint Intelligence.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With more than 8,800 employees (as of April 2024), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over EUR 2.13 billion in financial year 2023/2024.

Worldwide, the company has over 40,000 employees and is operating in over 150 countries.

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