Ushio Inc., a trusted leader in light sources and optical equipment for industrial processing, visual imaging and life sciences, and parent company to Christie®, the leader in audio and visual technologies, today jointly announce the appointment of Koji Naito as the new chairman and CEO of Christie Digital Systems, globally.
Koji currently holds the position of president and chief executive officer for Japan’s Ushio Inc., and will, effective April 1, oversee both companies. Koji succeeds Hideaki Onishi, who will transition into a new role as Christie’s president and chief operating officer. In addition, Atsushi Kuroda, formerly of Sharp NEC Display Solutions, Ltd and currently senior director of Christie’s Strategy Office, has been appointed Christie’s chief technology officer and chief strategy officer, succeeding Zoran Veselic, president and CTO.
Having held progressively responsible positions at Ushio for nearly four decades, Koji brings strong leadership, industry-wide experience, and credibility to Christie. As a business leader, Koji is inspired to align Ushio and Christie’s management, business strategies, and philosophies to drive success. He places significant emphasis on understanding customers’ needs and taking further action to achieve global sustainability practices, as well as supporting the company’s mission to promote the use of light as illumination and energy to support human well-being and societal growth.
“Constant innovation and deep core values, while making a difference in the communities we serve, are paramount to Ushio’s vision to a sustainable future for everyone,” says Koji Naito, chairman and chief executive officer, Christie. “I am pleased and honored to lead Christie into the future with a strong executive management team who shares Ushio’s mission and vision.”
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual and audio technologies company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP: 6925). Christie revolutionized the movie industry with the launch of digital cinema projection, and since 1929 has embraced innovation and broken many technology barriers. Our technology, paired with the support of professional services to design, deploy and maintain installations, inspires exceptional experiences. Christie solutions are used around the world, from the largest mega-events to the smallest boardrooms, and include advanced RGB pure laser projection, SDVoE technology, content management, image processing, and LED and LCD displays. Visit www.christiedigital.com.
Ushio Inc. (Head office: Tokyo, TSE: 6925)
Established in 1964, the company manufactures and sells lamps, lasers, light-emitting diodes, and other light sources in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared bands of the spectrum along with optical and imaging equipment incorporating these devices. Numerous Ushio products in the industrial process field, which encompasses the manufacturing of semiconductors, flat panel displays, electronic components and other products, and in the visual imaging field, characterized by digital projectors, illumination, and other products, have large market shares. In recent years, Ushio’s operations have expanded to the life science field, most notably medical applications and the environment. https://www.ushio.co.jp/en/