San Diego, California – December 3, 2007 – Kyocera America, Inc. today announced the executive promotion of David Hester to the newly created position of Vice President, Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Management.
Hester joined Kyocera in January 2000 and has more than 20 years of experience in electronics manufacturing. He previously served as Executive General Manager, Quality Assurance and Supply Chain, at Kyocera America, Inc.’s San Diego headquarters.
Hester holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, and has attained Lean Six Sigma “Black Belt” status. The creation of an executive-level position for Quality Assurance and Supply Chain Management underscores Kyocera's commitment to continually raising its quality standards and fully implementing Lean Six Sigma methodology.
San Diego-based Kyocera America, Inc. designs, manufactures, assembles and markets a broad range of microelectronic packaging solutions and optoelectronic components for the telecommunications, wireless, optoelectronic, semiconductor and specialty products markets, based on advanced ceramic and plastic material technologies. Kyocera America, Inc. is an ISO 9001/14001 certified facility. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. of San Diego, the North American headquarters and holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera Corporation has become a leading supplier of engineered ceramics, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cutting tools, solar energy systems, document imaging systems and telecommunications equipment. During the year ended March 31, 2007, the company’s net sales totaled 1.28 trillion yen (approximately $10.8 billion).