Masa Tatewaki has been named Toppan USA, Inc.'s president and CEO, effective April 1.
Tatewaki has served as a vice president since the company was established in 2014 in Griffin, Georgia. He will be responsible for leading Toppan USA’s sales growth and production of GL FILM for the North American, Europe and Latin American markets.
Tatewaki succeeds Toppan USA’s first president, Sumio Ezaki, who also serves as a managing director of parent company Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. After a successful run at Toppan USA, Ezaki will manage Toppan Printing’s western Japan division, which covers all of Toppan’s business fields.
“It is a great honor to be in this position,” Tatewaki said. “Thanks to Mr. Ezaki, under his great leadership production increased and we successfully completed Phase 1 as was originally planned from the April 2016 plant opening. We have now finished the expansion investment and will start Phase 2 from April 2018 and expand production.
Tatewaki has also been appointed an executive officer of Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., and is a CEO of contract packaging company Pouchfill Packaging, LLC., a Toppan USA subsidiary established in June 2017 in Daytona, Florida.
Toppan USA offers U.S.-specific products that are produced at the Georgia plant, contributing to the growth of the company. Toppan USA continuously plans the development of new products that correspond to market needs.
“The flexible packaging and transparent high barrier film market is very strong in the U.S., as we expected,” Tatewaki said. “We will expand further to new markets such as Latin America, where we are confident that the market will show robust growth. We are sure that GL FILM can contribute to enriching consumers’ lifestyles.”