Junji Tsuda (Yaskawa Electric Japan) has succeeded Joe Gemma (KUKA, US) as the President of the Executive Board of the IFR.
Each President serves a two-year term.
Steven Wyatt (ABB, Switzerland) has been appointed as IFR´s new Vice President.
Tsuda, 66, serves as the Representative Director Chairman of the Board of the Japanese robot manufacturer Yaskawa Electric. He began working for Yaskawa in 1976, after obtaining his university degree in mechanical engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Since the 1990s, Tsuda has headed various America-related business units and has been active in the parent company since 2003. Before being elected President of IFR, Mr. Tsuda assisted his predecessor, Joe Gemma, as Vice-President, a role he held for two years.
The new elected Vice President, Steven Wyatt, is the global Head of Marketing & Sales for ABB’s Robotics Business Unit. Prior to joining ABB in 2010, Mr Wyatt held a series of executive marketing and sales roles within the plastics industry globally. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in his native Scotland.
Wyatt and Tsuda were both elected by the IFR Executive Board which is composed of representatives of national robotics associations from all over the world, the IFR president and delegates of robot manufacturers and research institutes.
Tsuda said: “The presidency of Joe Gemma followed the mission, to deliver a better understanding about what drives the rapidly changing world of robotics. He did a great job by communicating with our many stakeholders around the Globe. As its new President it is my pleasure to proceed with his work. Together with the new Vice President, Steven Wyatt, I will carry his mission forward – for the International Federation of Robotics.”
(picture shows, from left to right: Steven Wyatt, Joe Gemma and Junji Tsuda)