Lectra, the technological partner for companies using fabrics and leather, has announced the appointment of Akihiko Tanaka as Managing Director, Lectra Japan. Based in Osaka, Akihiko Tanaka’s role is to support Lectra’s Japanese fashion and apparel and automotive customers as they undergo transformations related to Industry 4.0. For over 30 years, Lectra has given big names in the fashion industry in the archipelago and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) the means to meet their ambitions in global markets.
Tanaka has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Hitotsubashi in Japan. He also followed the Concordia program delivered by ESCP Europe. He has over 20 years of experience as a sales director in the automotive and electronic industries. From 1994 to 2000, he worked in France as sales director of Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic) in charge of commercializing automation equipment to the automotive and electronic industries, and then went back to Japan in early 2000. In 2001, he joined INCS, a consulting and engineering company, to develop the footprint of a 3D CAD offer, initially within Japanese markets, then elsewhere in Asia, and Europe. In 2005, Akihiko Tanaka joined Dassault Systemes where he successively held the roles of Business Developer for PLM solutions.
Founded in 1973, Lectra has 32 subsidiaries across the globe, serving customers in over 100 countries. With more than 1,600 employees, Lectra reported revenues of $288 million in 2016. Lectra is listed on Euronext (LSS).