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Sysmex Corporation Announces Organizational Changes

The Americas, Europe and Asia to Realize New Executive Leadership

KOBE, Japan, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sysmex Corporation (6869: Tokyo Stock Exchange), a leading medical diagnostics instrument manufacturer and laboratory information systems developer, today announced executive leadership changes at Sysmex Corporate and its subsidiaries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Effective April 1, 2009, Kazuya Obe will return to Sysmex Corporate after a six-year tenure in the United States and serve in an International Business leadership position. He will report directly to the President and CEO of Sysmex Corporation, Hisashi Ietsugu. Currently, Obe is Chairman and CEO of Sysmex America, Inc. John Kershaw, who is presently serving as President and COO of Sysmex America, will be promoted to President and CEO of Sysmex America, Inc. and head of the Americas Region, which includes North America, Central America and Latin America. Kershaw will report directly to Kazuya Obe. Sysmex Corporate Director of International Marketing, Tak Ono, will transfer to Sysmex America to serve as its Vice President of Business Planning.

Sysmex Corporate European subsidiary, Sysmex Europe GMBH will operate under the leadership of Masahide Azuma, who is being inaugurated as Chairman of the Board of Sysmex Europe GMBH. He also will assume a new role as Sysmex Corporation's representative and will report directly to Kazuya Obe. Currently, Azuma is Chairman and CEO of Sysmex Europe GMBH. Dr. Michael Schaefer, the current President and COO of Sysmex Europe GMBH, will be promoted to President and CEO of Sysmex Europe GMBH and the operational head of the European Region. Schaefer will report to Masahide Azuma.

Other direct reports to Kazuya Obe will include Frank Buescher, President and CEO, Sysmex Asia Pacific PTE LTD and head of the Asian Pacific Region; and Yutaka Higuchi, Chairman of Sysmex Shanghai and head of Chinese Region.

About Sysmex Corporation

Sysmex Corporation is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including laboratory diagnostics, laboratory automation and clinical information systems. Serving customers for more than 40 years, Sysmex focuses on technological leadership in diagnostic science and information tools that make a real difference in the health of people worldwide. The company, headquartered in Kobe, Japan, has subsidiaries in North America, Latin America, Europe, China and Asia Pacific and employs more than 4,100 employees worldwide. Sysmex Corporation is listed in the top tier of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. For more information about Sysmex Corporation and its affiliate companies, please visit

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