Change of leadership at Shima Seiki
Flat knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki changed its
leadership at its annual shareholders’ meeting on 28th June,
2017 replacing its former president and company founder Masahiro
Shima with his son, former vice-president Mitsuhiro Shima.
Mitsuhiro succeeds Masahiro as president, representative
director and director of sales headquarters, while Masahiro
becomes chairman of the board of directors. The change in
management is a strategic move by the company to further
strengthen and improve its management system.
Mitsuhiro Shima, President, Shima Seiki.
At a press conference held for the Japanese press in May,
Mitsuhiro stated: “I may not be up to par with the likes of
Thomas Edison or my father, but I do hold about 10 patents.”
“My father was a genius who founded the company and every one
- especially I -am aware of that. It was his company and he did
what he pleased, and he took the helm without looking back.
Fortunately for the rest of us he was competent enough to lead
this company to success, but it created within the company a
passive culture that relies on a single leader to issue
commands. I wish to change that and nurture a company culture
that encourages individual creativity and exchange of ideas with
a common goal to make this organization succeed. That mechanism
is already in place.
He continued: "Shima Seiki will continue as an innovation
leader. From now, however, innovation refers not only to
discrete mechanical inventions, but to creative collaboration in
both hardware and software technology that yields synergistic