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Management Overview

Akihiko Oma
President and CEO

In October of 2017, Mr. Oma assumed the position of president and CEO for Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC).  Under his leadership, TAEC will focus on expanding Toshiba’s HDD, discrete semiconductor and system LSI businesses in key application areas such as IoT, in-vehicle systems, data center, automotive, and industrial. As a 29-year Toshiba veteran, Mr. Oma has held a variety of management, planning, marketing, and sales positions, including his prior role of senior vice president of planning and operations at TAEC.  During Mr. Oma's six year tenure with Toshiba Electronics Asia, Ltd. in Hong Kong, his responsibilities included supporting the logistical requirements of Toshiba’s laptop business in Japan and managing the intricacies of Toshiba’s international operations for electronic components. He then returned to Japan to manage global planning for Toshiba's semiconductor business, developing the strategy and direction for the company's global sales and marketing teams.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree as a graduate from Waseda University in Japan.

Shardul Kazi
Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President

Shardul Kazi is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. He is managing TAEC’s all Business Units – Logic LSI Business Unit, Mixed Signal Business Unit, Discrete Business Unit and Hard Disk Drive Business Unit – profit and Loss, marketing, engineering, software development, support and operations. Under his direction, products from these business units are targeted for a variety of markets such as Enterprise, Datacenter, Consumer, Automotive, Industrial, including emerging markets such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Shardul was a Chief Operating Officer of ArTile Microsystems – a wholly owned company of Toshiba from 2000 to 2004. Prior to joining TAEC, he has held numerous senior level positions at Adaptec, SONY, MIPS and AMD. He also holds Board of Director positions in several Semiconductor and Services companies. Shardul holds a Masters of Science degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jay Heinecke
Vice President, Discrete Business Unit

Jay Heinecke is vice president of business development for TAEC’s Discrete Business Unit, with sales and marketing responsibilities for TAEC's North American Discrete and Advanced Material product lines. The semiconductor products Mr. Heinecke oversees include: power semiconductors, optoelectronics, microwave, RF, logic, and small signal devices. His other responsibilities include sales and marketing functions for TAEC’s advanced materials, (amorphous cores, ball and roller blanks, scintillators, substrates), thermal print heads and power magnetron product groups. Mr. Heinecke joined TAEC in 1988, and has held various sales, marketing, operational, and product management positions during that time, leading up to his current position. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in from the University of Wisconsin, and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School, in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Hiroyuki Seiki
Vice President, HDD Business Unit

Hiroyuki Seiki is vice president of TAEC’s HDD Business Unit and is focused on sales, marketing, technical / QA support and R&D for Hard Disk Drives in TAEC’s North & South America territory. He joined Toshiba Japan in 1998, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. in 2012 and has held a variety of management, sales and marketing position for Storage Products Business as Optical Drive, Solid State Drive and Hard Disk Drive in International Market, leading up his current position. He holds a bachelor of International Politics degree as a graduate from Keio University in Japan.

Bill Nutini
Vice President, Sales

Bill Nutini is Vice President of Sales at Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. He is responsible for the sales of all products with a primary focus on HDD, discrete semiconductors, and system LSI. He is responsible for all aspects of sales including direct customers and channel partners while managing the TAEC salesforce along with the entire rep network. Bill has been at TAEC for 28 years during which he served in a variety of sales capacities. He began his career in  Chicago before relocating to California in 2006. Before joining Toshiba, Bill was employed at Mitsubishi Electronics, America where he held several sales roles. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Bill currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA where his passion for ice hockey consumes his spare time.

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