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Olympus GM Joe Tizzone resigns

Olympus Australia Pty Ltd has announced the departure of Joe Tizzone, general manager of its Consumer Division, after 13 years with the company.

Current national sales manager, Jason Borg, has been announced as the Consumer Division manager of Olympus effective from August 1.

During his time as general manager, Joe (pictured right) successfully managed the business through the significant market changes of recent years and an integration of the consumer business into the broader Olympus organisation.

He leaves Olympus in a strong position as one of Australia’s leading providers of mirrorless, interchangeable-lens digital cameras and high-end digital audio recorders.

‘I am proud to have worked for such an innovative company with a rich history of incredible products for consumers and professionals alike. I also feel fortunate to have worked with some truly talented people within the organisation and across the industry. I am confident that I am leaving the business in a strong position for continued success, so I see this as a perfect time to move onto my next challenge’, said Joe.

Joe Tizzone also played a broader role in the industry as board member and Consumer VP of IDEA (Imaging and Digital Entertainment Association).

According to James Bowe, managing director of Olympus; ‘Joe has been able to achieve outstanding results during his career at Olympus and, whilst we are disappointed by his departure, it makes me proud of our ability to develop business leaders of Joe’s calibre and I certainly wish him all the best in his new endeavours.’.

Jason Borg comes into the position with an intimate knowledge of the business, having
been with Olympus for over 12 years, and will take over the reins at a time of robust performance by the consumer division.

Following the recent merger of Olympus Imaging Australia Pty Ltd into Olympus Australia Pty Ltd, the combined entity now boasts revenues of over $220 million, employs over 400 people across Australia and New Zealand – making it an ASX300 equivalent company – and services multiple B2C and B2B markets with its precision instruments.

COMMENT: While retailers will have a deeper insight into this, Joe Tizzone and the relatively small Olympus team seemed particularly successful in moving emphasis and support to specialist retailers as the market changed and the Olympus product range evolved. Pity to lose one of the more dynamic and personable young talents from the industry, but he will leave with the best wishes of his colleagues and customers. All the best, Joe.

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