Yamaha Corporation of America Realigns Management For Growth Following Recession

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Moves Fulfill Company’s Medium Term Plan; Place Personnel in Optimal Roles

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) today announced several personnel realignments, finishing the company’s medium term plan to position the company for growth following the most recent recession. The changes, effective December 1, 2011, include the following:

  •     Jay Schreiber, former Band & Orchestral (B&O) division general manager, will now serve as general manager of the Pro Audio & Combo (PAC) division. He will report to Rick Young, YCA senior vice president.
  •     Garth Gilman, recently assistant general manager of PAC division, is promoted to general manager of the B&O division and will report to Rick Young.
  •     John Shalhoup is moving from his position as national sales director of the PAC division to director of administration for the B&O division. He will report to Mr. Gilman.
  •     Eric Aparicio shifts from director of administration of the B&O division to director of administration of the PAC division. He will report to Mr. Schreiber.
  •     Shoji Mita leaves his position as planning director of the YCA Customer Sales and Marketing Group to accept a new assignment with Yamaha Corporation, Japan, a move expected to take place after January 1, 2012.

“These personnel changes put Yamaha Corporation of America in the best position to focus on growth in the coming years,” said Mr. Tak Nakata, president, Yamaha Corporation of America. “These refinements take advantage of our talented management team’s skills and draw upon each person’s strengths in their new roles.”

Mr. Schreiber has been employed at YCA since 1990. In addition to serving as vice president, Yamaha Artist Services in New York, NY, he is also a member of the Board of Directors of Music for All, where he chairs the Governance Committee. He earned a BS in Music Management with a minor in Business at the University of Wisconsin and a certificate in Supply Chain Management from California State University, Fullerton.

Mr. Gilman joined YCA in 2003 as administration manager of the B&O division. In 2007, he was promoted to director of administration of the PAC division and took over as assistant general manager of the division in 2009. He is one of a select number of managers to have participated in accelerated development courses offered by Yamaha Corporation, Japan, including participation in Advanced Leadership Training and Yamaha Global Institute. He holds a BS in Management and an MBA from Pepperdine University, along with a certificate in Supply Chain Management from California State University, Fullerton and a Facility Director certificate from the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

Mr. Shalhoup became a PAC division district manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region in 1998 and moved to YCA corporate headquarters in Buena Park in 2001 to serve as national account manager for Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend. Promoted to director of national accounts in 2005, his oversight expanded to include the entire PAC national account channel. In 2008, he moved to director of national sales, overseeing the independent dealer channel, the inside sales team and the product support group, along with the national accounts channel.

Mr. Aparicio joined YCA in 1996 in the Finance division. Throughout his career, he has obtained a range of experience within the sales and marketing divisions, including Consumer Products, PAC and B&O.

Mr. Mita has served as planning manager and assistant general manager at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and also worked with the PAC Division Live Sound department and the Customer Sales and Marketing Group during his seven years at YCA.
For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622, telephone (714) 522-9011, email infostation(at)yamaha(dot)com or visit http://www.yamaha.com/press.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America is the largest subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of musical instruments and sound reinforcement products to the U.S. market. Products include: acoustic and digital pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio products, and innovative technology products targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, and installation markets.


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