Olympus America

Meet Our Leadership Team

  • Julien SauvagnarguesJulien Sauvagnargues
  • Randy ClarkRandy Clark
  • George FigueroaGeorge Figueroa
  • Thomas GlavinThomas Glavin
  • Tomohisa SakuraiTomohisa Sakurai
  • Karen SmithKaren Smith
  • Adrian MarshAdrian Marsh
  • Akihiko MurataAkihiko Murata
  • Lisa KerrLisa Kerr
  • Arnold HuangArnold Huang
  • Yasuo TakeuchiYasuo Takeuchi
  • Nacho AbiaNacho Abia
  • Julien SauvagnarguesJulien Sauvagnargues
  • Randy ClarkRandy Clark
  • Tomohisa SakuraiTomohisa Sakurai

Nacho Abia
Nacho Abia
Chief Operating Officer, Olympus
Corporation, Chief Executive Officer,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Mr. Nacho Abia started his career with Olympus in 2001 as the Chief Executive Officer of the Iberia Region based in Barcelona, Spain. He later moved to Hamburg, Germany in 2007 to take on a role as the Managing Director of the Consumer Imaging Business for the Olympus Europa region.

In 2011, he moved to Center Valley, Pennsylvania to join Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) and assumed the responsibility of President for its Consumer Imaging Business Division. In 2013, he was promoted to the role of President of OCA and in March 2015 was also appointed as its CEO; a role he continues to hold today overseeing the Company’s activities throughout North and South America. In 2020, he stepped down as President of OCA in order to take on a global leadership role as Chief Operating Officer of Olympus Corporation. He is also a member of OCA’s Board of Directors and of the Global Executive Committee of Olympus in Tokyo.

In addition to his Olympus responsibilities, Nacho serves on the Board of Directors of AdvaMed (Advanced Medical Technology Association) and on the Board of Directors of the US-Spain Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining Olympus, Nacho held several positions in the IT and consumer electronics industries working for a variety of high-tech companies, including Sony and Techdata. He holds dual Master’s Degrees; one in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering, and another in Business Administration.

Born in Spain, Nacho is married with two children and currently lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In his personal time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, hiking, running and cycling. He firmly believes in the motto, “Be persistent. Never give up and fight for what you believe is right.”

Yasuo Takeuchi
Chairman of the Board
Yasuo Takeuchi
Chief Financial Officer &
Head of Corporate Management Office,
Olympus Corporation

Mr. Yasuo Takeuchi began his career in 1980 at Olympus Optical Co. Ltd, now known as Olympus Corporation. Since joining the Company, he has held various roles in Corporate Planning, the Medical Business, the Life Science Business and the Corporate Executive Office, many of which included global responsibilities.

In 2009, Mr. Takeuchi was appointed the role of Executive Officer for Olympus Corporation, and later assumed various executive-level and global responsibilities including: Director of Olympus Corporation of Asia Pacific Limited; Chairman of Olympus Corporation of the Americas; Senior Executive Managing Officer of Olympus Corporation; and Director Member of the Board for Olympus Corporation. In 2013, he also assumed the position of Director of Olympus Europa Management SE.

In April 2015, he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Management for Olympus Corporation. Additionally, he serves as the head of the Board of Directors for Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

 Mr. Takeuchi graduated from Chuo University, Faculty of Commerce in Hachioji, Japan.

George Figueroa
George Figueroa
Corporate Vice President,
Human Resources,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Mr. George Figueroa joined Olympus in 2013 supporting the Imaging Business Group. His areas of responsibility have extended to other areas of Olympus’ business including, Scientific Solutions, Latin America, and our Corporate Headquarters. George currently serves as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources of all business groups in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.

Prior to joining Olympus, George served as the Regional Human Resources Director, responsible for the Allentown, PA and Baltimore, MD areas for the Tribune Company. A native to the Lehigh Valley, PA area, George resides in the Bethlehem area with his family. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Administration from Muhlenberg College and his MBA with a concentration in Finance from DeSales University.

George is a pragmatic leader who believes in the adage that when life throws you a curve you should lean into it. In his free time, George enjoys reading, camping, golf and trying new foods.

His favorite quotes include:

“Leading is not the same as being the leader. Being the leader means you hold the highest rank, either by earning it, good fortune or navigating internal politics. Leading, however, means that others willingly follow you—not because they have to, not because they are paid to, but because they want to.”
— Simon Sinek

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tomohisa Sakurai
Tomohisa Sakurai
President,
Olympus Surgical Technologies America
Corporate Executive Vice President,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Executive Officer,
Olympus Corporation

Mr. Tomohisa Sakurai, known to colleagues as Tomo, serves as both President for Olympus Surgical Technologies America as well as Corporate Executive Vice President for Olympus Corporation of the Americas, based in Center Valley, PA. Additionally, he is an Executive Officer for Olympus Corporation, based in Tokyo, Japan.

Tomo began his career in 1987 at Olympus Corporation in Tokyo when its name was “Olympus Optical Company, Ltd.” In 2005, he assumed the role of Head of R&D for Celon AG Medical Instruments at Olympus OEKG, living and working in Berlin, Germany for a period of four years. He continued his career in Olympus Medical Systems Corporation, again in Tokyo, acting in various division manager roles in the R&D department. In 2015, Tomo was promoted to Head of General Surgery Business Unit for Olympus Corporation before assuming his most recent role of Executive Officer.

Tomo graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with his Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering. He is bilingual, speaking both Japanese and English.

In his free time, Tomo likes playing and watching sports, especially golf. He also enjoys using technology to keep in constant touch with his family members, who are in Japan.

Karen Smith
Karen Smith
President,
Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas

As President of Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas (OSSA), Karen Smith is focused on supporting the employees and functions of the USA and Canada operations. OSSA designs and manufactures innovative test and measurement instrumentation in the field of ultrasound, eddy current, and X-ray fluorescence technology. In addition, she supports the global sales and marketing activities for the company’s industrial microscope and videoscope lines.

Karen began her career in the nondestructive testing (NDT) industry in 1987 at Panametrics in Waltham, MA where she focused on ultrasound instrumentation and applications for NDT. She became part of the Olympus team in 2005 during the business acquisition of R/D Tech. Karen has held several positions in the Scientific Solutions Division, including leading Global Sales, VP of Manufacturing and Operations, and VP of Strategy and Marketing.

Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

In her personal time, Karen enjoys downhill skiing, musicals, lake/water activities, biking, and cooking. She resides in Hopkinton, MA with her husband and son, and lives by her personal and professional motto, Carpe Diem. She believes strongly that as a leader, your task is to help others to succeed to, in turn, create a collective success.

Julien Sauvagnargues
Julien Sauvagnargues
President and Regional
Representative Officer,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Originally from Albertville, France, Mr. Julien Sauvagnargues performs his current role as President and Regional Representative Officer of Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA), overseeing the Company’s activities throughout North and South America from headquarters in Center Valley, PA. He is also a member of the OCA Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Formerly, he was the President of the Scientific Solutions Group (SSG) and Consumer Products Group (CPG).

Julien joined Olympus France in 2006 as a Division Manager for the Microscopy and Industrial Endoscopy Products, later becoming Division Manager of France and Belgium in 2008 for Consumer Products. In 2012, he and his family relocated to the United States after accepting the position of Vice President of Sales of North America for Olympus Imaging America Inc. (OIMA). The following year, he was promoted to Group Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Prior to joining Olympus, he served four years as the Sales & Marketing Director at Arjo Wiggins in France.

Julien holds a master’s degree in technology and management from CentraleSupélec, a research institution in France, and a second master’s degree in finance from Edhec Business School.

In his free time, Mr. Sauvagnargues enjoys playing tennis, listening to music and reading.

Randy Clark
Randy Clark
President,
Medical Systems Group,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Mr. Randy Clark serves as President of the Medical Systems Group for Olympus Corporation of the Americas and is based in Southborough, MA. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for OCA.

Throughout his career, Randy has established a track record of leading businesses that deliver strong growth and commercial excellence while developing talented and highly engaged teams. He joined Olympus in 2001 as a Sales Representative and Sales Trainer. He then continued his career at medical device companies Boston Scientific and Karl Storz Endoscopy in Territory Manager roles. In 2005, he returned to Olympus to pursue responsibilities as a Regional Manager. Since then, his responsibilities have expanded and he has held various Vice President-level sales and marketing roles. In 2014, he was promoted to Group Vice President overseeing the ENT, Surgical Endoscopy, Systems Integration, Surgical Energy, Urology and Gynecology business units.

Randy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Drake University, where he also was captain of the soccer team. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

In his free time, Randy enjoys fitness, water sports and spending time with his wife and daughter exploring the New England area. He believes in the motto from Lewis Carroll, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Thomas Glavin
Thomas Glavin
Chief Compliance Officer,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. Thomas Glavin performs his role as Chief Compliance Officer from Olympus Corporation of the America’s (OCA) headquarters in Center Valley, PA. In his role, he ensures that all business activities abide by OCA’s policies and procedures as well as applicable laws and regulations. He is also a member of the Executive Committee for OCA.

Prior to joining Olympus in 2016, Tom spent 10 years with Shire as Vice President and Compliance Officer for the Americas. He was responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and management of the corporate compliance program in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. Before Shire, Tom served in Compliance and Legal roles at Sanofi-Aventis (now Sanofi). He began his career in private law practice in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

Tom received a law degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University Law School in Philadelphia, PA, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Villanova University in Villanova, PA.

In his free time, Tom enjoys reading, traveling, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Adrian Marsh
Adrian Marsh
Regional Chief Administrative Officer,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Mr. Adrian Marsh currently serves as the Regional Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Olympus Corporation of the Americas (OCA) and is based in Center Valley, PA. He is also a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to his tenure as CAO, Adrian was the company’s Vice President of Information Technology for 7 years.

In his current role, with responsibility for IT, Supply Chain, Operations, Risk Management, Project Management and the company’s Transformation Office, he strategically supports initiatives that contribute to the company’s efficiency and thus to its sustainable growth. Furthermore, he directs the design, development, implementation and maintenance of solutions to meet the management needs of the company, with a focus on driving efficiency through the provided solutions.

During his 20-year tenure with Olympus, Adrian has held various roles of increasing responsibility within Finance & Accounting, Sales & Marketing, Commercial Operations, Corporate Management, and Information Technology, working within the Americas and EMEA region. He is a qualified accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds a Masters in Professional Accountancy (MSc) from the University of London, England. Prior to joining Olympus, he held a number of roles with responsibility in finance and accounting, primarily within the Financial Services industry.

In his personal time, Adrian is an avid skier, tennis player and pianist. He lives close to our Center Valley, PA Headquarters with his wife and daughter.

Akihiko Murata
Akihiko Murata
President, Consumer Products Group,
Olympus America Inc.

Mr. Akihiko “Aki” Murata is currently the President of the Consumer Products Group for Olympus America Inc. He oversees operational activities as well as the sales and marketing of digital cameras, lenses, audio products and binoculars. He is also a member of the Executive Committee for Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

Aki joined Olympus in 1998 after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, Tokyo with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His first role at Olympus was as a Territory Sales Manager for Consumer Goods in the Hokkaido region of Japan, and shortly thereafter he moved into product management at Olympus headquarters in Tokyo. Aki worked in the Olympus Europe Consumer Products Group before moving back to Japan, and then ultimately to the U.S. as part of his most recent role as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Olympus America Inc.’s Consumer Products Group.

In his spare time, Aki enjoys fencing – a hobby since the age of 15 – and eating Italian and Spanish food and wine. He is married and has a four-year-old daughter. Aki’s favorite way to relax is watching Netflix while on the treadmill at Mount Olympus (the gym in our Olympus Center Valley facility).

Lisa Kerr
Lisa Kerr
Regional Chief Financial Officer,
Olympus Corporation of the Americas

As Regional Chief Financial Officer, Mrs. Lisa Kerr oversees the holistic financial activity of Olympus Corporation of the Americas’ businesses, entities and corporate functions. Lisa is also a member of the OCA Executive Committee.

Formerly the Vice President of Finance for Olympus Surgical Technologies America (OSTA) and Olympus Scientific Solutions America (OSSA), Lisa provided financial leadership for R&D and Manufacturing entities in the Americas controlling medical device and industrial/scientific product lines. She joined the company in 2004, initially working for ACMI, and became an Olympus employee with the acquisition of Gyrus ACMI in 2008. Previously, Lisa worked in various financial roles including auditing, financial planning, and accounting for KPMG, ITT Corporation and Staples, Inc. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Gannon University, and holds her CPA in the state of Ohio.

Lisa lives in Whitinsville, MA with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys renovating old homes, cooking, reading, knitting socks, hiking with her two Labrador retrievers, and camping.

Arnold Huang
Arnold Huang, PhD, MBA
President, Scientific Solutions Group,
Olympus Americas Inc.

As President of our Scientific Solutions Group, Dr. Arnold Huang oversees the core businesses responsible for clinical, educational, research, and industrial microscopes; remote visual inspection tools; nondestructive testing equipment; and analytical instruments. He is also a member of the Executive Committee for OCA.

Arnold has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare, life sciences, and diagnostics industries. He joined Olympus in 2017 as Vice President, Business Operations. In that role, he was responsible for the strategic direction, management, and achievement of goals for the operational support of sales and marketing within the Scientific Solutions business.

Prior to the Company, he served as the Marketing Operations Leader at GE Healthcare Life Sciences, where he led the organizational and cultural transformation in marketing. He also held leadership positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific, where most of his experience focused on M&A, business development, and sales and marketing strategies that have driven significant growth.

Arnold holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Business Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

He is married with two sons and enjoys spending time with his family playing golf and tennis and being outdoors.