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Sysmex (Kobe, Japan) reported executive leadership changes at Sysmex corporate and its subsidiaries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Effective April 1, Kazuya Obe will return to Sysmex after a six-year tenure in the U.S. and serve in an international business leadership position. He will report directly to President/CEO Hisashi Ietsugu.

Currently, Obe is chairman/CEO of Sysmex America. John Kershaw, who is presently serving as president/COO of Sysmex America, will be promoted to president/CEO of Sysmex America and head of the Americas Region, which includes North America, Central America and Latin America.

Sysmex corporate Director of International Marketing Tak Ono will transfer to Sysmex America to serve as its VP of business planning.

Sysmex's European subsidiary, Sysmex Europe, will operate under the leadership of Masahide Azuma, who is being appointed chairman of the board of Sysmex Europe. He also will assume a new role as Sysmex Corp.'s representative. Currently, Azuma is chairman/CEO of Sysmex Europe.

Dr. Michael Schaefer, current president /COO of Sysmex Europe, will be promoted to president/CEO of Sysmex Europe and operational head of the European Region.

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