JAPAN - Pump manufacturer Grundfos announced the appointment of Hideo Shirakawa to the role of area managing director (AMD) of Grundfos East Asia, effective Jan. 1, 2019

Shirakawa will be responsible for leading the company’s business across Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and spearheading opportunities for Grundfos’ development and expansion in East Asia.

Shirakawa brings more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development, having held senior roles in a number of top organisations in Japan. He joined Grundfos in 2012 as a sales director and has been serving as the general manager of Grundfos Pumps KK Japan since July 2013. Shirakawa will continue to serve in his role as general manager of Grundfos Pumps KK Japan alongside his new role as AMD of East Asia.

Prior to joining Grundfos, Shirakawa held a number of executive sales positions, including vice president for sales and later strategic marketing at Hilti, Japan, as well as business development manager and commercial manager at Black and Decker, Japan.

Shirakawa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tokai University, Kanagawa, Japan, and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.