SOURCE: Sysmex Canada

June 26, 2013 09:15 ET

Sysmex Canada BOD Elects Robert Edward Degnan as President and COO, Nick Kawato as Secretary

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - Jun 26, 2013) - Sysmex Canada, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysmex America, Inc., today announced that its Board of Directors has elected Robert Edward Degnan as President and Chief Operating Officer, and Shinichi (Nick) Kawato as Secretary for the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Both men will report directly to John Kershaw, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sysmex America, Inc. Carl Rocha, General Manager, Sysmex Canada, will maintain oversight of the company's day-to-day operations.

"Bob and Nick are tremendous business leaders with a strong understanding of our operations in the western hemisphere and globally, and they have the ability to ensure a high level of productivity and market share growth acceleration in the Canadian market," said John Kershaw. "As inspired executives and innovators, they will intensify efforts in this market to deliver exceptional customer care, optimize organizational efficiencies, and successfully lead Sysmex Canada for the future."

In his additional role, Degnan is responsible for steering and executing the company's business strategy in the Canadian market and has oversight for all aspects of operations, including marketing, sales, and technical service functions. He will focus on greater autonomy in the Canadian market while leveraging the core strengths and shared services of Sysmex America to impact customer support, quality care and value. Degnan will continue to serve as Sysmex America's Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations and as a member of the company's Executive Steering Committee. He will remain a member of the Board of Directors for Sysmex America and Sysmex Canada. 

Degnan is a 25-year veteran of the clinical diagnostics industry. He joined Sysmex in 2006 as Vice President of Sales, where he led market share expansion for four consecutive years. Degnan's executive experience also includes tenure with Roche Diagnostics where he held a number of senior sales positions, including Area Director-Northeast, Systems and Reagents and National Director of Sales for the Molecular Group.

Kawato is a long-term executive with Sysmex Corporation. He is responsible for business planning for the American region (U.S., Canada, Latin America & the Caribbean) and will focus on restructuring and integrating business units to more strongly support product and market development. He will continue to serve as Executive Vice President of Business Planning for Sysmex America in addition to his newly elected post as Secretary for the Board of Directors of Sysmex Canada. 

Prior to his recent appointment as EVP, Sysmex America, Kawato served as a Corporate Business Planning Director at Sysmex Corporation, Kobe, Japan, where he led the development of mid- and long-term business strategies and structural planning. There, he also worked in IVD Business Development and in partnership with Roche and Siemens. Motivated by a calling to serve in healthcare, Kawato started in sales and was one of the first to participate in Sysmex Corporation's global business training program. He has moved through progressive leadership roles at the company since 1995 and brings to Sysmex Canada a strong background in business development and sales globally. 

About Sysmex Canada, Inc.
Sysmex Canada, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sysmex America, Inc., is the Canadian headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan). Sysmex is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems. Serving customers for over 40 years, Sysmex focuses on extending the boundaries of diagnostic science while providing the management information tools that make a real difference in clinical and operational results for people worldwide. For more information about Sysmex Canada, please visit