Speaker Bio

Kazunori Kobayashi
Guest speaker

Kazunori Kobayashi

General Manager, Advanced Technology R&D Division, Ricoh Company, Ltd.
Kobayashi joined Ricoh in 1990. After working on MFP/LP hardware design, company-wide controller development strategy, and as an SDK development manager, he was transferred to the Solution Development Division, where he developed cloud applications and global solution software.
In April 2014, he was assigned to Ricoh Europe (London) as GM of Solution Development Centre (SDC) Europe, and led the development of global solution software for major customers and solution software for regional customers. From April 2017, as VP & GM of European Technology Centre (ETC), which oversees technical support for large deals, he built a strong network with CIOs and IT managers from major customers, while leading teams of solution consultants, subject matter experts, solution SW developers and QA testers.
After returning to Japan in March 2019, he served as General Manager of the Digital Transformation Division, driving the IT team and the company's digital transformation.
In April 2021, in addition to his in-house IT responsibilities, he assumed the position responsible for the development of technology platforms for cloud applications and AI/ICT, overseeing both internal and external digital technologies.
In April 2022, he became the Director of the Advanced Technology Research Center to steer their R&D efforts.
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Thursday, 07 July, 2022 / 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM JST
Guest Keynote: Global One IT Team, accelerating Ricoh Digital Transformation and my next steps

Ricoh is accelerating its transformation from being an Office Automation equipment manufacturer to being a digital services company by transforming the business structure and maximizing corporate value. Creating digital processes at offices and workplaces will connect them and transform entire workflows to enhance customer productivity. Three topics below will be explained in this session.
1. What I have done as a head of IT with global team to support Ricoh Transformation.
2. What I have tackled with cloud platform development team and AI/ICT team to create Digital Technology Foundation.
3. What I will challenge as a head of R&D to realize Ricoh Cyber-Physical-Human Systems and my next steps.

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