NEC announces change in executive leadership, expanded presence in Washington

NEC Corporation of America (NECAM) has named Masahiro Ikeno its new president and CEO.

Ikeno previously oversaw activities for all NEC subsidiaries in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his EMEA assignment, Ikeno worked closely with NECAM as VP of the global business unit and general manager of the Americas and EMEA divisions. He also worked in the United States from 1994 to 2002 as director of business planning for the server division.

“I look forward to the new challenge of leading NEC Corporation of America and helping to create new social value by capitalizing on our advanced AI and IoT assets, including biometrics and recognition systems, as well as enterprise, retail solutions and service provider networking and data center technologies,” said Mr. Ikeno.

The company also announced the expansion of its offices in Washington, D.C., to include a new government relations function.

Former president and CEO Shinsuke Takahashi will serve as chairman of the board for NECAM and the head of government relations based in Washington, D.C., focused on further strengthening NEC’s relationships in the U.S. government and other international organizations, such as the World Bank and United Nations.

The office will be responsible for understanding U.S. government requirements for areas such as effective border management and counterterrorism as part of assuring NEC innovation and research and development are aligned to the needs of the United States. The office will also seek to improve NEC’s brand awareness throughout the D.C. area.

NECAM first opened its sales office in Washington, D.C. in May 2016 with a focus on providing biometric security solutions to the U.S. government. Since then, NEC has expanded its federal government business, where NEC was selected to participate in the DHS biometric exit pilot program using NEC’s NeoFace Express face recognition rapid matching technology.

NEC’s expansion in Washington D.C. will become effective in early December.

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