Konica Minolta Hires Former Toshiba Chief

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 The printer vendor has created the new position of COO for the former head of Toshiba Americas.

Former Toshiba Americas boss Richard K. Taylor has been appointed to the newly created position of senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A.



Taylor, who will be responsible for the printer vendor’s sales and services business, will report directly to Jun Haraguchi, president and CEO Taylor will also oversee corporate business sales and services, alongside administration and training.  



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Formerly CEO of Toshiba America Business Solutions, Taylor has also held the positions of senior vice president of sales, marketing and business operations at Toshiba. 



"Rick has a vast amount of industry experience in creating new revenue avenues while maintaining a cohesive and productive sales strategy for partners," Haraguchi said in a statement.  "We are fortunate to have the opportunity to bring someone of Rick’s stature into our organization."



Sara Driscoll began her journalism career at 16 years old on her local newspaper, The Watford Observer. Working part time, she covered a range of beats. Leaving to complete her Journalism Degree at Bournemouth University, UK, Sara then went on to graduate and work for Emap. She began as a reporter on APR, Emap's construction title, being promoted to senior reporter with a year.Sara then joined VNU Business Publications as Deputy News Editor on CRN, the weekly trade title for channel players. She covered industry/business news from vendors, distributors and resellers, product announcements, partner announcements as well as market and trend analysis, research and in depth articles to predict up and coming trends in the sector. She was promoted within a year to News Editor, a year later to Deputy Editor and the following year became Editor. Sara remained editor of CRN for three years, launching the magazine on new platforms including CRN TV and eBooks, as well as several magazine and web site redesigns. She was called on for expert industry comment from various publications including appearing on live BBC news programs. Sara joined Ziff Davis Enterprise as Editor of eWeek Channel Insider. She runs the title in all formats – online up to the minute news, newsletters, emails alerts and events. She also manages the brand of Channel Insider in all formats - events, shows, awards, panel debates and roundtables.Sara can be reached at:sara.driscoll@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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