Managing Director, OKI Europe Ltd
is Managing Director for OKI Europe. In this role, Kawahara’s primary objective is to develop new strategies to strengthen the positioning of OKI products in the digital environment and to maintain momentum in an increasingly competitive market.
As Managing Director, Kawahara is responsible for all duties related to group management and product management in major European markets including Germany, UK, France and Italy. He also has overall responsibility for channel marketing and sales operations in these regions.
Kawahara has 25 years of experience in the IT industry specialising in project, partner and account management, as well as in sales and marketing. He has worked his entire career at OKI, in Japan, Europe and North America and most recently in Australia as Managing Director of OKI Data Australia for a five-year period.
He has previously held a UK-based position managing OKI’s product development, delivery, outsourcing, alliances and partners and has also held several business development-related roles at OKI America Inc. across a nine-year period. During this time, Kawahara was involved in IT hardware and software products and systems development for OKI, including their introduction and deployment into several major North American telco companies.
Kawahara graduated from Osaka University of Foreign Studies with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Area Studies. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, music, movies, art, photography and walking. He has interests in history, archaeology, culture and languages, and prides himself on his cooking abilities particularly with making a meal from whatever is available in the refrigerator.