Fujifilm Sonosite Inc., Appoints New Executive Leaders

August 06, 2018

Takaaki Ueda appointed as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Rich Fabian promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer

BOTHELL, Wash., August 6, 2018 – FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc., specialists in developing cutting-edge, portable and point-of-care ultrasound solutions, today announced the appointment of Fujifilm veteran Takaaki Ueda as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc., in addition to his roles as President and CEO of FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., and FUJIFILM New Development U.S.A., Inc. Rich Fabian has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. The leadership appointments stem from Masayuki Higuchi’s return to Tokyo as Deputy General Manager of Global Finance & Accounting at FUJIFILM Corporation.

“On behalf of all employees at FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc., we are grateful to Mr. Higuchi’s contributions to the business and wish him success in his important new role,” shared Takaaki Ueda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc. “Looking toward the future, I am pleased to welcome Rich Fabian’s promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer -- his wealth of experience in sales, service, distribution, supply chain and manufacturing will be crucial to constant innovation of point-of-care ultrasound technology and improving patient lives.”

As Mr. Ueda is also President and CEO FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., and FUJIFILM New Development U.S.A., Inc., his tenure includes experience in medical product advancements, best-in-class customer service and business development. In addition, this appointment will promote collaboration and increased synergies among all groups and business units within the company. Previously, Mr. Ueda served as General Manager of Fujifilm's global Endoscopy Systems Division, where he was noted for his success in making a number of decisive moves that furthered the division's growth and development. Under his leadership, Fujifilm's endoscopic product portfolio became one of the most extensive and competitive in the world.

As newly appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Fabian will oversee the day-to-day operations and work closely with Mr. Ueda to drive business growth. Mr. Fabian joined the company in January, 2017, bringing more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. Previously, Mr. Fabian served with Philips Healthcare for 15 years where he held various executive leadership roles and built high performing teams that consistently delivered strong business results.

To learn more about FUJIFILM Sonosite Inc., please visit: www.sonosite.com.

About Fujifilm

FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc., is the innovator and world leader in bedside and point-of-care ultrasound, and an industry leader in ultra high-frequency micro-ultrasound technology. Headquartered near Seattle, the company is represented by a global distribution network in over 100 countries. Sonosite’s portable, compact systems are expanding the use of ultrasound across the clinical spectrum by cost-effectively bringing high-performance ultrasound to the point of patient care. For more information, go to: www.sonosite.com.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, brings innovative solutions to a broad range of global industries by leveraging its depth of knowledge and fundamental technologies derived from photographic film. Its proprietary core technologies contribute to the fields of healthcare, graphic systems, highly functional materials, optical devices, digital imaging and document products. These products and services are based on its extensive portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic and imaging technologies. For the year ended March 31, 2018, the company had global revenues of $23.0 billion, at an exchange rate of 106 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to responsible environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.


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Lauren Geloso
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