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  • Ex-Compaq VP Izumi Becomes Pres. of Nihon Silicon Graphics
  • October 13, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Norio Izumi, former vice president of Compaq Computer K.K., became president of Nihon Silicon Graphics K.K. on Oct. 6, a company spokesman said.
    Izumi also serves as vice president of Silicon Graphics Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., the spokesman added.

    Izumi (see photo), resigned suddenly from Compaq on Sept. 11. Japan's computer industry has been watching his moves since then, industry observers said.

    In addition to announcing other executive appointments, Nihon Silicon Graphics also said that it would enter the data warehouse and system integration businesses.

    Yasuhisa Arakawa, former president of the company, said he expects Izumi to strengthen the new business lines, which are also being promoted by the parent company.

    Silicon Graphics is marketing low-priced Windows NT machines and has entered the data warehouse, data mart and system integration support businesses to bolster its client base, in addition to its main graphics and supercomputing businesses.

    The new strategy was formulated by CEO Richard Belluzzo, who assumed his position in February. The parent company has been calling on its Japanese subsidiary to strengthen its business structure and quality of personnel. The appointment of Izumi is in line with the new policy.

    Industry observers said that Silicon Graphics was interested in Izumi's broad experience in mainframes, personal computers and computer services at IBM Japan Ltd., Tandem Computers Japan Ltd. and Compaq Computer K.K and sought his services.

    Izumi said: "Our business is in a difficult position, considering the current market conditions. However, because we are in a tough business environment, I think my responsibility for starting up new businesses is a big challenge requiring a fighting spirit."

    Izumi also said that his annual sales target is 100 billion yen (US$790 million), up dramatically from the current level of some 40 billion yen. He did not specify a time frame for such a target.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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    Updated: Mon Oct 12 17:58:59 1998 PDT