Rodney Lanthorne Named President of KYOCERA Wireless Corp.
SAN DIEGO -- (May 2, 2006) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. (KWC), a leading global supplier of CDMA wireless devices and accessories, and its parent organization, Kyocera International Inc. ("KII"), today announced that Rodney Lanthorne, president of KII and chairman of KWC's Board of Directors, has expanded his role to become KWC's president. Lanthorne replaces Tsuyoshi Mano, who returns to Japan to assume responsibilities for the global business development function in support of Kyocera's mobile communications equipment business. The leadership change is effective immediately.
Working closely with Mano and the Kyocera Telecommunications Equipment Group, Lanthorne will lead a reorganization of KWC aimed at integrating and aligning its resources more closely with Kyocera's other mobile-communication divisions.
Lanthorne joined Kyocera in 1979 as chief financial officer at KII, which is the wholly-owned North American holding company for Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO). He became KII's president in 1987, a position he still holds today. In 1988, Lanthorne joined Kyocera Corp.'s board of directors, becoming one of the first Americans to sit on the board of a publicly traded Japanese company. He was instrumental in Kyocera's 2000 acquisition of QUALCOMM Incorporated's consumer handset division, which became KWC, and has been an active member of KWC's board since the company's inception.
"I look forward to helping forge the global integration of our wireless communications business, and to help lead KWC in creating value," said Lanthorne. "We thank Mr. Mano for his leadership and contributions at KWC, and we look forward to working closely with him in the future in our pursuit of providing leading-edge, competitive wireless communications products."
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
About Kyocera Corporation
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO), 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 has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10 billion (JP¥ 1,181,489 million) with net income of approximately US$596 million (JP¥ 69,696 million).
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