Center Valley, PA—According to Olympus Corporation, several U.S.-based leaders were promoted to senior global positions. The promotions, effective April 1, 2019, reflect Olympus’s ongoing globalization. They underscore its commitment to establishing a global management structure to drive growth and agility as well as maximize efficiencies company-wide.
Nacho Abia will assume the role of co-head of the newly created Therapeutic Solutions division. This is in addition to his current position as president and CEO of Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA). In his new role, he will also oversee for the new global business development function across all three core businesses: Medical, Scientific and Imaging. Abia is a member of Olympus Corporation’s global executive team.
Richard Lebitz was appointed global chief internal audit officer of Olympus. Lebitz is currently the executive director of Internal Audit for OCA.
Mark Miller was appointed the company’s global chief communications officer. Miller will also serve as the regional head of Communications for the Americas.
“My colleagues and I are delighted to assume our new global roles within Olympus, which continues to adapt to meet the needs of the rapidly changing international markets. In our new positions, we look forward to leveraging the experience and expertise we have developed at Olympus Corporation of the Americas in order to support Olympus’s worldwide growth and to execute the company’s increasingly global vision,” said Nacho Abia.
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In related news, Olympus announced company-wide transformations. Notably was the reorganization of its medical device business into two global divisions—Endoscopic Solutions and Therapeutic Solutions—to better align products and markets. Endoscopic Solutions, with a longer product lifecycle, will be managed from Japan. Therapeutic Solutions will be managed from the U.S.
Olympus Executive Bios
Abio started his career with Olympus in 2001. He held a number of positions in Europe before moving to Center Valley, Pennsylvania, to join OCA in 2011. Abio was appointed to his current position, which oversees the company’s activities throughout North and South America, in 2015. He is also a member of OCA’s board of directors and of the Global Executive Committee of Olympus in Tokyo.
In addition to his Olympus responsibilities, Abia serves on the board of directors of AdvaMed (Advanced Medical Technology Association) and on the board of the U.S.-Spain Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Olympus, he held several positions in the IT and consumer electronics industries, working for a variety of high-tech companies. They included Sony and Techdata.
Lebitz was promoted to global chief internal audit officer. Currently, he is chief risk management officer and executive director, Internal Audit at OCA. Reporting to the Olympus board of directors and the chief executive officer of Olympus, he will be responsible for the transformation and optimization of Olympus’s regional audit functions into one consolidated global audit group.
Moreover, Lebitz has an extensive track record of providing financial and audit strategy within global organizations. He joined Olympus in 2015, having previously worked at Siemens and Ernst & Young.
Vice president of Corporate and Medical Communications of OCA, Miller was named global chief communications officer. Miller reports to the CEO of Olympus. Moreover, his responsibilities entail the development, implementation and optimization of global as well as regional communications strategies. The strategies encompass a unified, worldwide approach to meet corporate and business objectives.
Miller has extensive advertising, branding and marketing communications experience. Prior to joining Olympus in 2009, he led domestic and global advertising, branding and communications efforts for brands in several industries. They included MetLife, Alcatel-Lucent and Texaco. In addition, he previously worked for advertising agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather, Ammirati & Puris and DDB Needham.