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Olympus Corporation of the Americas Names Mark Gumz President & CEO
Date:4/1/2008

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., April 1, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision technology leader creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products, announced today that F. Mark Gumz, president and chief operating officer of the global company's wholly owned subsidiary in the U.S. since January 2000, will add chief executive officer to his title, effective immediately. His new position will utilize his longstanding experience with Olympus and the leadership skills developed over his 30-year career on behalf of the nearly 2,500 employees of Olympus companies in the Americas. Also as of today, the Olympus Corporation holding company that provides shared services for all Olympus companies in the Americas, of which Gumz becomes CEO, will be renamed from Olympus USA Incorporated to Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) to better reflect its regional geographic responsibility for North and South American Olympus operations.

"Mark's new position is part of a long-term plan to continue to position Olympus and its subsidiaries for success, to meet market needs and to best serve our customers through a region-specific management strategy executed around the world," said Tsuyoshi ("Tom") Kikukawa, president of Tokyo-based Olympus Corp. (TSE 7733). "His appointment will also help position the organization to better respond to customer needs, and his knowledge of Japanese culture and of our company makes him the perfect choice for CEO of this new company."

Gumz is the highest-ranking official in the Americas and the first American to be appointed CEO of any Olympus entity. He will retain his positions as president of Olympus America Inc. (OAI), Olympus Canada Inc. (OCI), Olympus Imaging America Inc. (OIMA) and Olympus Medical Equipment Services America Inc. (OMES). He also continues to oversee the operations of Olympus Latin America Inc.

Gumz said, "I look forward to my expanded leadership role with Ol
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