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New CEO for JAI’s Japan Operation


Masao Watabe is New CEO for JAI, Ltd., JapanJAI Group, a worldwide provider of camera solutions for industrial, scientific, medical, traffic, homeland security, and other applications, has announced that longtime Asia-Pacific sales director Masao “Mac” Watabe has been appointed to the position of CEO for JAI Ltd., Japan. Mr. Watabe assumes the position that was formerly held by Mr. Takami Hasegawa. JAI announced that Mr. Hasegawa will now resume the position of CTO for JAI Ltd., Japan, enabling him to focus exclusively on the company’s R&D and engineering efforts.

Mr. Watabe will oversee all aspects of JAI’s Japanese subsidiary, which includes the JAI Group’s largest manufacturing and engineering operations, as well as the company’s Asia-Pacific sales organization. 

“We are pleased to have such an outstanding manager as Mr. Watabe available to step into this key position,” stated Jørgen Andersen, founder and chairman of the JAI Group. “Mac has successfully built a strong sales organization for JAI in Japan and Asia, and we look forward to him applying his knowledge, experience, and leadership skills to the entire Japan operation. I am confident in his ability to build upon the high standard of performance set by Mr. Hasegawa over the past 13 years.”

About the JAI Group
JAI is a manufacturer of high quality, industrial-grade cameras for the machine vision, transportation, aerospace, homeland security, medical and scientific markets. Camera offerings include a wide range of spatial resolutions with both digital and analog interfaces, plus a range of innovative 2CCD and 3CCD prism-block cameras for demanding color, multi-spectral, and high-dynamic range applications.

Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, JAI has subsidiaries in Japan, the US, the UK and Germany. The JAI Group has annual sales of more than USD 50M and employs 220 people worldwide.

JAI cameras help improve customer businesses in a variety of ways, whether by improving quality and accuracy, lowering costs, increasing yields, or simply enabling better service. In addition to cameras for industrial applications, JAI’s is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialized traffic imaging systems. Solutions are based on JAI-developed hardware and software, which is often integrated with third-party products.

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