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Australia and New Zealand
The Senior Leadership Team directs Olympus Australia and New Zealand and manages its business on a day-to-day basis. It is obliged to observe the interests of the company and increase corporate value in a sustainable manner.
Managing Director, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
James began his career at Olympus in 1996 selling Olympus medical equipment into Australia’s major healthcare facilities. Since this time, James progressed within the organisation and was appointed as the Managing Director in July 2015.
His passion is transforming Olympus into a leading customer centric organisation.
“It's been an honour to serve at Olympus for over twenty years now. We have grown over the years, but our focus has never wavered. Our number-one priority is to listen to and build lifelong partnerships with customers. This has fuelled our drive to transform Olympus into a leading customer centric organisation. To accelerate this change, we will continue to invest in our people and infrastructure to support our customers and deliver an unrivalled customer experience as we seek to make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling.”
Director, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Takuo Nogami has been with Olympus for over three decades and has held various positions globally. He commenced his career at Olympus in 1984 as an engineer, where he worked for 13 years before moving into sales and marketing related roles in 1997 which included a three year stint at Olympus America. From 2005 Takuo moved to the Olympus Industrial Division looking after sales in the Asia and Oceania regions. Takuo then became the Division Manager of the Scientific Solutions Division in the South East Asia region, a role based in Singapore. In 2015, Takuo returned to our Japanese headquarters to assume the role of General Manager, Scientific Solutions Asia Pacific Sales within the Marketing Department.
In November 2018, Takuo joined Olympus Australia and New Zealand as a company director.
“Providing premium products, service and support – in our quest to make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling – requires a strengthened corporate structure. The enhancement of corporate governance is a critical aspect of corporate sustainability and our global core values of "Integrity, Empathy, Long-Term View, Unity and Agility" underpin our aspiration as we seek to consistently strengthen our organisation; a process which I'm humbled to drive.”
Chief Financial Officer, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Paul commenced his career at Olympus Australia and New Zealand in 2011 as Financial Controller with his role upgraded to Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in 2012. Beyond the financial governance of the two entities, Paul’s responsibilities include membership on the Remuneration Committee and chairmanship of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Prior to Olympus, Paul had a 13 year tenure at Eastman Kodak across senior finance positions including Chief Financial Officer of Australia/New Zealand and prior to that in Finance Director roles for its Medical Imaging business across the Asia Pacific Region as well as the Entertainment Imaging division for the European, Middle East and Africa Region where he was based in Switzerland for 5 years.
“The greatest attributes of Olympus are its innovative products and dedicated people. The organisation has the incredible opportunity to improve the quality of life for countless people through its medical and scientific solutions as well as capture life’s moments with its digital cameras. But to realise this opportunity in Australia and New Zealand requires the talent, passion and expertise of our team. The pride I feel working for Olympus is not contained in financial statements, reports or spreadsheets, it’s physically seeing our unique products and brilliant people in action with customers, knowing that we are truly making a difference in society.”
General Manager - Medical, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Alana Bakhtadze commenced her career at Olympus Australia and New Zealand in 2008 in a Product Management role within the Endoscopy division, progressing to the role of Marketing Manager of the Endoscopy division in 2012, and Group Marketing Manager of the entire Olympus Australia and New Zealand medical business in 2016. Along the way she has obtained awards for Marketing Excellence and received the prestigious Leader of the Year award.
In June 2019, Alana became the General Manager of the Medical Division and joined the Olympus Australia and New Zealand Senior Leadership Team.
Alana has completed a Bachelor of Business and Commerce at Monash University, and has obtained an Executive qualification from Harvard Business School in the area of Driving Digital Strategy.
“Within the Olympus Medical Division we're fortunate to have remarkable technologies and a passionate medical team across sales, marketing, R&D and professional education, that works closely with extraordinary healthcare professionals every day to help revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of patients using minimally invasive techniques. We challenge ourselves to deliver cutting edge technologies that assist clinicians to improve patient outcomes. Having been with Olympus Australia and New Zealand for more than a decade, and witnessing firsthand just how much of a difference our products can make to patients’ lives, it truly is an honour to be asked to lead this team as we seek to grow our presence and impact in the MedTech space.”
General Manager - Human Resources, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
As an experienced HR executive and people leader with significant experience managing teams of HR professionals, Teresa commenced her career at Olympus Australia and New Zealand in 2006. Teresa's passion lies in developing, driving and delivering innovative HR strategy and initiatives.
As a Senior Leadership Team member, Teresa’s strong track record as an influential and responsive leader is backed up by her excellent technical skills, knowledge and commercial acumen.
Passionate about people development in tandem with performance accountability, Teresa draws on her commercial knowledge and pragmatism, to translate strategic concepts into clear and practical operational activities to support the business in achieving its objectives.
Teresa is a believer in getting to know and understand the people in the business to enable them to achieve their best. Her strength comes in her ability to tailor business solutions that meet the needs of employees as well as the organisation.
“We have amazingly talented people at Olympus and my passion is supporting our employees to realise their potential. There can’t be a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to development, it means really getting to know our staff, understanding what makes them tick and driving them to focus on the areas they excel in. I believe in providing our people with the best possible employee experience and am proud that Olympus truly cares about and supports our employees both professionally and personally.”
General Manager - Business Transformation and Chief Improvement Officer, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Rhys Jamison joined the Olympus family in 2013 as Group Business Manager – Operations. Since then, Rhys’ passion for process improvement and transformation for the benefit of staff and customers led him to becoming our General Manager of Business Transformation in 2017.
Throughout his career Rhys has acquired experience across the Asia Pacific region and globally with Whirlpool Corporation and Hewlett-Packard. His specialities include operations management and strategy, supply chain and logistics, service, process optimization, vendor management, project and change management and application of systems and processes to generate positive operational outcomes.
Rhys’ most exciting challenge has been to drive the Olympus Australia and New Zealand program of works to unlock transformational change through the Availability Plus program.
The program is an all-encompassing strategy to improve the organisation's service, sales effectiveness and e-commerce capability with the goal of providing our customers with a positive and seamless experience.
“Olympus is an organisation dedicated to making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. It is the health of our customer experience, however, that needs to be our focus if we are to live up to this. Our customers deserve seamless solutions in both product and service every day to ensure their customers receive the best care and support. We are determined to design an agile organisation that ensures we are never the cause of a customer’s downtime.”
General Manager - Scientific Solutions Business Unit, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Steve Takanashi first joined Olympus Corporation in 2004, managing the Optical Measuring Instruments Department in Tokyo. Since then, Steve has held multiple positions in Japan, Thailand and China, most recently as Division Director of the Scientific Solutions Division in China.
In 2017, Steve joined Olympus Australia and New Zealand as the General Manager of the Scientific Solutions Business Unit whilst also taking up a postion on our Senior Leadership Team.
“Our scientific solutions business plays a vital role in society, contributing greatly to improving our quality of life. For example, our products assist with pioneering research which can contribute to advancing a specific medical treatment, or from an industrial perspective, we provide equipment which improves the safety of working on a mining site. It feels me with great energy to be responsible for the Scientific Solution Business Unit across Australia and New Zealand as we seek to engage in strong partnerships with industry. We do this by providing effective solutions, great training, and support, to help address the challenges our much-valued customers face daily.”
General Manager - Service, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Chris Szeleczky joined Olympus Australia and New Zealand in 2016 as Group Business Manager for Service. Since then, he has implemented many successful initiatives to grow the Service function, including the localisation of medical service and the incorporation of all service repairs and field support under one structure.
Prior to Olympus, Chris held a number of senior positions working for ConMed as Commercial Director, MTAA as Director of Corporate Affairs, Stryker as National Technical Service Manager, and KLM Group as General Manager. Combined he has more than 15 years' experience leading and managing businesses across health and technology industries.
In October 2018, Chris joined the Olympus Australia and New Zealand Senior Leadership Team.
“I'm immensely proud of our service repair technicians and greater team which incorporates our field service engineers, who collectively are amongst the most capable and highest rated for quality throughout Olympus globally. We've been scaling up our service capacity over the last couple of years, determined to provide a superior customer experience with quicker turnaround times as we work towards our aim of never being the cause of our customers’ downtime.”
General Manager - Consumer, Olympus Australia and New Zealand
Jason Borg is highly respected in the consumer retail market and has been with Olympus Australia and New Zealand for 14 years, serving in a variety of roles across sales, marketing and management. His extensive industry experience and knowledge has seen Jason consistently navigate a challenging consumer landscape to achieve great business performance.
Jason was the winner of the Olympus Australia and New Zealand 2017 Leader of the Year Award, which is a testament to his strong leadership and significant contribution to the Consumer business and Olympus as a whole.
In October 2018, Jason joined the Olympus Australia and New Zealand Senior Leadership Team.
“As has been well publicised, the dynamics of the digital camera market have undergone a period of large-scale change since the launch of the smartphone. During this period, I'm proud of how Olympus has navigated the challenges posed to develop a compelling and well differentiated offering. Our team works tirelessly to spread the message of our products, whether it's working directly with retail staff, or holding countless training workshops with our end users. It's remarkably fulfilling to lead such a dedicated team, who are unrelenting in their drive and passion to service our consumer and professional users by providing them with the tools required to capture life’s moments.”