MIZKAN ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS

4/3/2014
Company Focuses on Expansion and Growth in Global Marketplace
 
MT. PROSPECT, Ill., April 3, 2014 – Mizkan America, a leading condiment manufacturer with U.S. headquarters in Mt. Prospect, IL is today pleased to announce Tim Kobayashi as CEO. Kobayashi replaces Craig Smith, former President and CEO, who announced his retirement in mid 2013. Smith will remain at Mizkan in an advisory role as Vice Chairman through 2014.

“Over the past 13 years, Craig Smith successfully led Mizkan America and mentored many of our senior leaders,” said Kobayashi. “I am deeply grateful to Craig and would like thank him for his leadership at Mizkan.”

Kobayashi is a veteran of the international business arena. Prior to joining Mizkan, he was COO of the marine & aerospace division of Mitsui & Company where he worked closely with GE on new engine development. Earlier, he spent nearly three decades in the automotive industry in Japan, the United Kingdom and in Germany, including serving as President of Yamaha Motors Deutschland G.m.b.H and as COO of Mitsui motor vehicle division. 

“I’m honored to be part of a company that is over 200 years old,” said Kobayashi. “Mizkan provides our customers with high quality products and is well-positioned in the marketplace. I am excited for the opportunity and the growth ahead for Mizkan.”

In addition to Kobayashi’s appointment, the company has named Mark Majewski as President and Chief Operating Officer and Tommy Isshiki as Chief Financial Officer.

Mark Majewski, President and Chief Operating Officer. Majewski joined Mizkan America in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer. Since joining the company, Mizkan has quadrupled in size and Majewski was influential in developing the business model to support the company’s growth.  In addition, he was instrumental in leading and integrating six acquisitions, and building and expanding the core business.  Prior to Mizkan, Majewski held a number of general management and finance positions in the food industry, from start-ups, to turnarounds and to Fortune 100 companies. As President and COO, Majewski will oversee sales, marketing, operations, quality, purchasing, and regulatory affairs for Mizkan.

Tommy Isshiki, Chief Financial Officer. Isshiki joined Mizkan America this year from Mizkan Group Corporation in Japan. Before joining Mizkan Group, Tommy spent 30 years in international finance, operation control and risk management with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Among his leadership roles, he served as General Manager of Global Securities and also as General Manager of Operations and Administration for the bank’s Europe Division. As CFO, Isshiki will oversee support and control functions, including human resources, accounting, management information systems, and corporate governance.

“In our next stage of growth, Mizkan will increase our focus on expanding branded products so the company is strategically positioned for the future,” said Kobayashi. “We want to maintain and grow our long-term competitive position in North America by investing in our people, our products and our facilities.”

Mizkan America is a leading condiment producer in the United States, selling across all channels of trade including branded retail, private label retail, food service, and food ingredients.  Mizkan America leading retail condiment brands include Holland House® cooking wines, Nakano® rice vinegars, World Harbors® marinades and sauces, El Diablo® mustards and Border Products® green chiles, jalapeƱo peppers, tomatillos and enchilada sauces for both the branded and private label markets. Mizkan is a leading Asian condiment supplier in the retail and foodservice channels of trade.  Mizkan’s food ingredients division supplies ingredients to numerous well known food manufacturers across several categories.

About Mizkan America
Mizkan America is a subsidiary of Mizkan Group and has a heritage in the condiment business that spans over 200 years.  The company is a leading manufacturer of condiments in the United States with 14 manufacturing plants that serve the retail, foodservice, specialty Asian and food ingredient trade channels. Since 2005, Mizkan America has seen dramatic growth due to the acquisition of Holland House® cooking wines, the Specialty Division of Imperial Brands, World Harbors Marinades & Sauces and Border Foods Pepper products portfolio.  Mizkan Americas produces a wide variety of vinegars, mustards, cooking wines, wine reductions, sushi seasoning, jellies, salad dressings, Asian sauces and peppers. Mizkan Brands include Holland House, NAKANO®, Four Monks®,  Barengo®, Mitsukan®, World Harbors®, El Diablo® and Border Products®. For more information about Mizkan America, please visit www.mizkan.com.

About The Mizkan Group
The Mizkan Group, a global food manufacturer, is the parent company of Mizkan America, Inc. The Mizkan Group is a 200-year old privately held international food manufacturer, based in Handa City, Japan.  The Mizkan Group has a stable of well-known international brands, under the "mizkan" umbrella brand and is a leader in the liquid condiment category.  The Mizkan Group has operating facilities around the globe, including Japan, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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