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Canon Canada names new president and CEO

January 6, 2023  By PrintAction Staff

Canon Canada appoints Isao “Sammy” Kobayashi as president and CEO.

Kobayashi holds a degree in political science and economics from Meiji University in Japan. He began his career with Canon in 1990 in a sales role in the photocopier division and progressed successfully in various roles over the following 15 years.

In 2005, he joined Canon U.S.A. as an assistant manager in the inkjet printer group, and after numerous promotions, became a vice-president in the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group in 2020, where he oversaw the company’s consumer imaging products. In 2021, he was chosen to lead the Hybrid-workplace Solutions Group (HSG) to address the increased demand for products and solutions needed for the hybrid workstyles that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.


In 2022, Kobayashi was promoted to senior vice-president and general manager of HSG and was named as an executive officer of Canon. At Canon Canada, Kobayashi succeeds Nobuhiko Kitajima, who is retiring after a successful 42-year career with the global Canon organization.

“I am humbled and grateful for the great opportunity to work at Canon Canada,” says Kobayashi. “I’ve heard so many great things about the Canadian team and I am looking forward to learning more about our customers, partners and dealers to see how we can all work together and expand opportunities in the Canadian market.”

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