Transformation at Kyocera Takes Major Step Forward
Industry outsider Cumberbatch tapped as new VP of HR; traditional thinking “no longer part of the equation,” says CEO Sanchez.
Fairfield, NJ – June 5, 2019 For Oscar Sanchez, the mission is clear:
“Our customers need us to be a different kind of company, now and increasingly in the years ahead,” he explains. “Everything I’m doing is about making that happen.”
Since taking over as CEO of Kyocera Document Solutions America less than a year ago, Sanchez has gone about re-shaping one of the world’s leading document imaging companies into a consultative, solutions-focused, data-driven organization, a process that starts with cultivating a different kind of culture and mindset.
That process took a giant step forward with the hiring of new Vice President of Human Resources Natalie Cumberbatch, whose 15-year career has included exactly zero stops within the document imaging industry. It’s all part of Sanchez’s strategy.
“We’re innovating, from the inside-out. Natalie understands how to recruit and retain innovators.”
Innovation has characterized Cumberbatch’s professional accomplishments, both at a talent management and development firm and at a rapidly growing non-profit. Highlights have included organizational re-design, operational expansion, and comprehensive training for emerging leaders – all of which resonate with Kyocera’s longheld (but newly articulated) values of continuous learning and constant improvement.
National recognition has followed, with Cumberbatch’s most recent company earning highly coveted “Great Place to Work” endorsements in each of the last three years, a goal she now has for Kyocera.
“HR is a strategic role, maybe the most important strategic role,” said Cumberbatch. “Innovation, growth, change – it all starts with the people you have and the culture you create.”
Sounds like the transformation at Kyocera is just getting started.
About Kyocera Document Solutions
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a core company of Kyocera Corporation, a leading supplier of semiconductor packages, industrial and automotive components, electronic devices, solar power generating systems and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2019, Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated sales revenue totaled 1.62 trillion yen (approx. US$14.6 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19” list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #655 on Forbes magazine’s 2019 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.