BT has appointed Haruno Yoshida to head its Japan operations, the communications services and solutions provider said in a recent press release.
As president for Japan, Haruno will drive the strategy and execution of all of BT's business operations in the country.
Haruno, who is seen as a role model for the advancement of women in business in Japan, has 20 years of global sales experience in the communications industry. She started her career with Motorola in Japan and then moved to a telecommunications company in Canada. From 2000 to 2008, she held a variety of roles at NTT in Japan and in the United States. Prior to joining BT, Haruno was general manager at Verizon Business, heading the company's enterprise sales and executing the company's growth strategy in Japan.
"Haruno's accomplishments and global credentials make her one of the best leaders in our industry," said Kevin Taylor, president, BT Asia Pacific. "She has a solid reputation for transformation and delivery. Her relationships and knowledge of the highly competitive Japanese market will serve us well as we continue to strive for excellence in customer service and seizing new business opportunities."
In Japan, BT continues to strengthen its 20- year presence through the joint venture of KDDI & BT Global Solutions (KBGS) and partnerships with IT holdings and Hitachi
"I know from experience BT's excellent reputation for innovation and customer service," said Haruno. "I am also very proud to join a company that is recognised as a champion for corporate social responsibility and, in particular, for the cause of diversity at the work place, which I have supported throughout my career. I look forward to building on this foundation to making the most of this opportunity."
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