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Olympus Names Luke Calcraft as President of Medical Systems Group in the Americas

Newly-created position strengthens company focus on innovative medical business in North and South America

CENTER VALLEY, PA., (April 6, 2011) Olympus, a precision technology leader designing and delivering innovative solutions in medical and surgical products, has named Luke Calcraft as the first President of the Olympus Corporation of the Americas’ Medical Systems Group, effective April 1. Calcraft reports directly to Mr. Haruhito Morishima, Group President of the Medical Systems Group for Olympus Corporation in Japan. Calcraft will be based in Center Valley, PA, the company’s headquarters in the Americas.

In this newly-created position, Calcraft will oversee all medical and surgical business lines including ENT, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, urology, respiratory and service. In addition, he will be responsible for developing strategic alliances and expanding the company’s business opportunities in both the North and South American continents. 

“Luke’s appointment to this new role reflects our ongoing activities to better serve our customers’ needs, in both the medical and surgical areas, through adopting a more global management strategy,” commented President Morishima. “This approach will ensure that our international operations are consistent but flexible, allowing us to adapt our customer service to meet local needs.”

Calcraft, a 21-year veteran of Olympus, most recently served as the Managing Director of Olympus Europa’s Medical Systems and Micro-Imaging Solutions Group, responsible for the medical and microscopy businesses in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. He previously held positions as National Sales Manager for EndoTherapy, selling endoscopic devices in the U.K.; Head of Corporate Affairs and International Medical Sales and Head of Professional Training and International Medical Export Sales. Calcraft also has experience in the U.S. market, having served as Chief Operating Officer of Olympus Surgical & Industrial America, managing Olympus’ Industrial Endoscope and Microscopy businesses in the region.

“It is with great pleasure and a deep sense of honor that I assume the position of President for the Medical Systems Group in North and South America,” said Calcraft. “I look forward to my expanded leadership role with Olympus and am privileged to continue helping to grow our businesses in medical devices and minimally invasive surgical products on behalf of our customers, employees and other key stakeholders, both in the Americas and globally.”

Mark Gumz, President and CEO of Olympus Corporation of the Americas, who previously oversaw the Medical Systems Group, will take on additional responsibilities as Executive Managing Officer of Olympus Corporation, Tokyo and as a member of the Global Management Office representing the Americas.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in its core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products.

Olympus’ Medical Systems Group is a leader in the advancement of less invasive procedures.  Olympus provides knowledge and solutions in the areas of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, early-stage cancer evaluation and treatment and innovative, less invasive surgical procedures. Olympus is continually dedicated to elevating standards of patient care to deliver earlier detection, faster and better treatment, improved outcomes and enhanced quality of life. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

Contacts:
           

Megan Longenderfer, Olympus America, (484) 896-5579, Megan.Longenderfer@olympus.com                          

Ashley Buford, GolinHarris, (212) 373-6045,
abuford@golinharris.com