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12/20/2000

Bill Whalen Named Senior Product And Marketing Manager, Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Divison

Dec 20, 2000 15:45 PM

-- Consumer Electronics Veteran to Manage Strategic Product and Marketing Program --

San Diego, California, http://www.hitachi.us/, December 20, 2000 -- Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division today named Bill Whalen as senior product and marketing manager.

A fourteen-year veteran in the consumer electronics industry, Mr. Whalen will oversee Hitachi's complete line of consumer electronics including projection and direct-view televisions, plasma monitors, DVDs, camcorders and VCRs. Prior to joining Hitachi, Whalen worked at Pioneer for eight and a half years as manager of new business development and display. During his tenure with Pioneer, Whalen helped launch the first consumer HDTV plasma monitor and HDTV projection monitor in the United States.

"We are delighted to have a seasoned consumer electronics expert aboard," said Leo Delaney, director of marketing for Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division. "Bill is a key addition to the Home Electronics Division and we're certain his product and industry knowledge will be invaluable."

Mr. Whalen is equal to the task and ready to bring his nowledge to the table. "This is a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most respected brands in the consumer electronics industry," he said. "I look forward to the challenges ahead and continuing the tradition of quality and innovation that has been Hitachi's strength for decades."

About Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division, markets a variety of consumer electronics including high-definition TVs (HDTV), plasma monitors, projection TVs (PTV), color TVs, DVD players, a DVD camcorder, VCRs and standard camcorders, as well as security and observation system products. The company's premium products are sold under the Hitachi UltraVision and UltraVision Digital brand names. Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, consumer electronics and semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's leading global electronics companies, with fiscal 1999 (ended March 31, 2000) consolidated sales of 8,001 billion yen ($75.5 billion*). The company manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including computers, semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment. For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at http://www.hitachi.com.

*At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the dollar.

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