Arthur Vanhoutte passes the baton to Akio Kotake & takes up new role as consultant for Mutoh group
Oostende, BELGIUM. Mutoh Belgium (www.mutoh.eu), a subsidiary of Mutoh Holdings Co. Ltd., Japan, announced its new Managing Director, Mr. Akio KOTAKE. Akio Kotake took over the responsibilities of Arthur VANHOUTTE, who has been leading Mutoh’s Belgian operation for the past 24 years. A. Vanhoutte was appointed as senior consultant for the Mutoh group.
As newly appointed Managing Director and General Manager of Mutoh Belgium nv, Akio Kotake is overseeing the sales, sales support, logistics, commercial & product marketing, product support and after-sales service activities for Mutoh wide format printing and sign cutting equipment in the Belgian operation’s sales area. Aged 58, A. Kotake joined the Mutoh Group in 2011 as General Manager International Management Division at Mutoh Holdings Co. Ltd, Japan. He has been involved in Mutoh’s European business since 2012 as Managing Director of Mutoh Deutschland GmbH. Holding a Bachelor degree in electronics engineering from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, Kotake has an extensive experience in international business. Before joining Mutoh, he occupied several senior roles in marketing & sales at Victor Company of Japan Ltd (JVC®), both in Japan and Europe.
Mr. Nobumasa HAYAKAWA, President and Representative Director of Mutoh Holdings Co. Ltd, comments: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation with deep respect to Mr. Arthur Vanhoutte for his great effort, devotion and achievement for 25 years since the foundation of Mutoh Belgium NV. He will now support the company as independent consultant to ensure the customer satisfaction under the new management. I would also like to welcome Mr. Akio Kotake as new Managing Director and General Manager of Mutoh Belgium, and expect him to contribute to the further growth of our business together with all the customers and the Mutoh Belgium team. Mutoh will continuously introduce competitive products and strengthen the partnership with our customers. We highly appreciate Mr. Vanhoutte’s future support to the new team”.
Aged 65, Arthur Vanhoutte has been active in the international graphics sector for more than 43 years, having occupied several senior roles in manufacturing, purchasing, R&D, marketing and sales before his tenure at Mutoh. He joined Mutoh in 1990 and started Mutoh’s Belgian operation from ground up. The Belgian Mutoh division currently makes an annual turnover of € 35 million.
“Working for Mutoh has been exciting and challenging”, says Arthur Vanhoutte. “I am proud of what the Belgian team has achieved since the foundation of Mutoh Belgium nv in 1991. Keys to our success have always been our flexibility and our excellent customer service. Mutoh Belgium can also count on the support of a very loyal, professional and experienced authorised reseller network”, Vanhoutte continues. “In my new role as consultant, I look forward to assisting Mr. Kotake and the Mutoh Belgium management team. I shall also act as a consultant for the other Mutoh branches in Europe and for the Board of Directors of Mutoh Holdings Co. Ltd. in Japan”, Vanhoutte concludes.
Newly appointed Managing Director Akio Kotake comments : “It is an honour for me to be recognised with this new title and responsibility and to take up the baton as the successor of Arthur Vanhoutte. Mutoh Belgium has solid foundations in place. I can count on a committed and experienced team. I look forward to leading the company to remain successful and to grow the business, with a strong focus on extending Mutoh Belgium’s existing long-term client and partner relationships.”