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Distinguished Industry Leader Award 2009 - Kaoru Yano

"For leadership in advancing technology and products for next generation networks and the global information infrastructure."

Kaoru Yano was appointed President of NEC Corporation effective April 1, 2006, after serving as the Senior Executive Vice President.  During his tenure as Senior Executive Vice President, Mr. Yano’s responsibilities included company-wide management and R&D; he held a key position in driving the technological advancement of the NEC group.

Mr. Yano joined NEC in 1966.  He spent the first two decades in the development of communications equipment, and was then assigned to NEC America, where he led the development and sales team of communications business for the North American market.  He has since then held key positions mainly in the network infrastructure business for both Japanese and global markets, and has been instrumental in re-inventing the business to respond to the rapid change in the marketplace brought on by the Internet and shift to IP technologies.

Throughout his career, Mr. Yano has focused on driving innovation through advanced technologies, and building strong relationships with a diverse field of customers including telecommunications carriers, public sectors and enterprises worldwide.

Mr. Yano has resided in the US on three separate occasions, one of which is at the Graduate School of Stanford University where he received a master’s degree in Science in Electronics Engineering and is known for his broad international perspectives.  He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2008 “for his leadership in development of digital transmission systems.”