As a global company committed to our Core Value of Unity, Olympus understands how important it is to seek out unique perspectives from colleagues around the world. Through our liaisons, we are able to do just that.
Brendan Brinkman, a Senior Marketing Manager for the company’s Life Sciences group, recently returned home to the U.S. from an international assignment in Tokyo and was able to experience for himself just how effective Olympus’ liaison program can be.
“It’s a firm belief of mine that there really is no substitute for day-to-day, face-to-face interaction,” said Brinkman. “And now that I’m back in the U.S., I can share what I learned [in Tokyo] with the whole team.”
Our liaisons from Japan visiting the U.S. are similarly able to share their best practices with U.S. colleagues while bridging the gaps between our two cultures.
“I’ve met great people since I started [my] career in Olympus,” said Hirokazu “Hori” Horio, an Executive Director and Senior Tokyo Liaison for Olympus. “Different background. Different culture. Different experience. I’m really excited to work with the leadership team here to expand our organizational capabilities to be a truly global medtech company.”
And while the liaison program is able to strengthen the company’s Unity, it also provides employees with unique career and life opportunities. Such is the case for Maiko Tamino, a Tokyo Liaison within Olympus’ Medical Systems Group.
“I’m getting huge benefits through this international assignment – the biggest one is that this assignment brings me a wider range of view,” said Tamino.
Whether it is experiencing a different culture first-hand or sharing best practices across borders, the chance is there for Olympus employees to broaden their horizons – they need only seize the opportunity.
Said Horio, “My favorite phrase that I’ve learned from the President of the Medical Systems Group here in the U.S. is, ‘If not you, then who?’”
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