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Hitachi Names Howard Shearer President of Hitachi Canada Ltd.

Feb 1, 2001 08:50 AM

BRISBANE, Calif., and ONTARIO, Canada, February 1, 2001 – Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT) today announced the appointment of Howard Shearer as president of Hitachi Canada Ltd., succeeding Masakazu Hamada who will return to Japan as manager, International Computer Systems Sales Division, Information & Computer Systems The appointments are effective Feb 21st.

Mr. Shearer, 50, most recently was vice president and general manager of Hitachi Canada Ltd., semiconductor sales and a member of the Hitachi Canada board, positions to which he was appointed in 1999. Before that, he had served as general manager of semiconductor sales since 1990. He joined Hitachi Canada in 1984 as a major account manager. Previously, he was employed by Texas Instruments. He holds a bachelors degree in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Hamada, 48, has been president of Hitachi Canada since 1995. He previously served as manager of the International Operations Division (Information Systems Division) of Hitachi, Ltd. From 1986 to 1991, he served in management capacities with Hitachi Europe and Hitachi Data Systems. He joined Hitachi in 1975 serving in the International Operations Group, overseeing export of thermal power plants. Mr. Hamada is a 1975 graduated of Tokyo Metropolitan University, where he majored electrical engineering.

Hitachi America, 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 on Hitachi America, visit Hitachi Canada Ltd. primarily markets electronic devices and components, multimedia products, smart card systems and consumer electronic products, as well as power & industrial equipment and services in Canada. For more information, please go to

Hitachi, Ltd., 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

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