Hitachi refines corporate structure to focus on digital, innovation and environment

Accelerating growth through digital, innovation and its environmental goals are priorities for Hitachi, which has announced that it will restructure its business to reflect these commitments.

The changes, effective from April 1, will allow it to simplify its management structure based on three sectors – digital systems and services, green energy and mobility and connected industries – while retaining its current structure in business units.

Under the plan, the current US company Hitachi Global Digital Holdings – the holding company that oversees Hitachi Vantara and Hitachi Consulting – will be renamed Hitachi Digital and will be responsible for implementing global digital strategies across the group. Hitachi.

Meanwhile, current President and CEO of Hitachi Digital Toshiaki Tokunaga will assume the role of President of Digital Systems and Services Unit, while Jun Taniguchi, current President of Hitachi Global Life Solutions, will be appointed CEO. .

GlobalLogic CEO Shashank Samant will act as executive advisor to Tokunaga and support Hitachi Group’s overall digital business strategy, while Hitachi Vantara CEO Gajen Kandiah will serve in a concurrent role as Chief Transformation Officer digital from the new digital systems and services company.

“He [Kandiah] will apply knowledge of cloud and data applications, which are Hitachi Vantara’s strengths, to grow the Hitachi Group’s services business and transform the group as a whole into a world-class digital solutions provider,” said said the company.

In terms of achieving its innovation goal, Hitachi said the current future investment division and the corporate venturing office will be combined to establish the growth strategy division, with chairman Keiji Kojima to fill a position Simultaneous General Manager.

“This division will strengthen ties with R&D groups, startups and other entities, undertaking strategic investments to deliver innovation through new technologies and business models, and lead the next stage of growth for Hitachi. “, said Hitachi.

Other changes will include the appointment of Lorena Dellagiovanna to the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer, while serving concurrent existing roles as Chief Environmental Officer and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and the current CFO Yoshihiko Kawamura being named Executive Vice President and concurrently serving in the new role. director of risk management.

These latest changes follow the Japanese giant’s announcement last week that it would form Hitachi Automation to accelerate its position in the robotic systems integration industry in Japan and ASEAN countries.

Hitachi Automation, the company said, will be part of Hitachi’s industry and distribution business unit, and the robotic systems integration business involving assembly and conveyor lines for all kinds of manufacturers will be transferred. from Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems, a subsidiary of Hitachi, to KEC Corporation, a subsidiary of Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems, which deals with the integration of robotic systems mainly for the automotive industry.

“The need for automation has increased rapidly in the manufacturing industry due to a labor shortage, the retirement of highly skilled workers and a decrease in the number of production engineers. In Against this backdrop, Hitachi has focused on strengthening its robotics IS business through mergers and acquisitions in Japan and the United States over the past few years,” said Hitachi’s CEO of Industry and Distribution, Kazunobu Morita.

“I am confident that Hitachi Automation, which will be created by reorganizing and integrating the group’s resources, will contribute to solutions to the problems faced by customers in manufacturing industries in Japan and ASEAN countries.”

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