As blogged previously, Hitachi announced their new President and COO Toshiaki Higashihara, on January 8th. The Nikkei Business magazine’s Q&A with him in the 20th January edition asked him for his views on how Hitachi was going to grow, and what would change.
Higashihara emphasised “One Hitachi”, bringing together services, products and solutions to address customer needs such as energy saving and improving productivity. The differentiator for Hitachi against Siemens and GE being that in the infrastructure business, Hitachi can also bring ICT skills and solutions around cloud computing and big data.
A sense of speed is needed, he added, and this means that not all decisions should be made in Tokyo headquarters. R&D, purchasing and ICT systems should be looked at in a global context. He also made positive noises about further acquisitions.
What will remain constant is Hitachi’s 100 years of “monozukuri” (making things/craftsmanship) and SQDC: Safety, Quality, Delivery Time and Cost.
It seems Higashihara was close to current President Nakanishi (who becomes Chairman and CEO), as a kohai (protege) and also brings global experience – a masters’ degree in computer science from Boston University and was President of Hitachi Power Europe.
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