Printer manufacturer Epson has replaced its UK MD, but denied that any further changes are in the pipeline. Former UK MD Yorimasa Yuguchi has gone back to the Japanese parent company, but the group has yet to find a permanent replacement to take over.
Instead Epson Europe President Masaaki Hamamoto takes over temporally while a UK MD is sought. Epson UK company secretary David Brush denied that the move was part of wider changes in the UK operation. 'Other than changing the MD there is no restructuring going on,' he said.
At the end of last year PC Dealer reported that the Epson European head office in Amsterdam was disappointed with UK sales. Three senior UK staff left at the end of 1995, including marketing manager Linda Whittington (PC Dealer, 29 November 1995). But Brush said there would be no change of direction for the UK firm. 'Filling the UK MD vacancy is a decision for the Japanese to make,' he said. A permanent replacement is expected within six months.
Epsom also sought to reassure dealers that product shortages at the end of last year when the printer warehousing was moved from Telford to Milton Keynes, are over. 'We had teething problems with the warehouse,' said Brush. 'It is now shipping properly.'
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