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Yoichi Nagahama

Chairman
 

 
"The growth and success of AFL during my time as CEO and president of Fujikura was an influential factor in achieving our five-year midterm plan. I’m very pleased to be working closely with AFL’s outstanding leadership team and positioning the company to optimize growth opportunities."
 


Stepping down from his position as president and CEO of Fujikura, Ltd. in mid-2016, Yoichi Nagahama is chairman of AFL as well as chairman of the board and representative director of Fujikura. He has held these positions since May 2016.

Nagahama first joined Fujikura in 1973 and has spent his entire career with the company. After working in the Finance and Accounting Division for 13 years, he relocated to the United States and became vice president of Fujikura America, Inc. During his tenure as vice president, he helped solidify the joint venture between the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) and Fujikura Ltd., now known as AFL. Nagahama continued to excel within Fujikura where he was promoted through various executive positions to include: vice president of finance for Fujikura Asia Ltd.; general manager of finance and accounting; senior vice president; and CFO and general manager of corporate strategy planning for Fujikura Ltd. He also served as a member of the board for Fujikura.

In 2009 Nagahama was elected president and CEO of Fujikura. From the beginning, he faced significant challenges, including the Great Recession; Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, which caused considerable damage to Sakura Works and several other electronic companies where Fujikura manufactured optical fiber preform; and the massive flooding of Thailand that put nine of Fujikura’s manufacturing facilities under water. By carrying Fujikura through the reconstruction and revitalization of the electronics business as well as the company’s five-year midterm business plan, Nagahama was able to return Fujikura to a positive growth path. He now brings decades of experience and an extensive knowledge of the fiber optic business to AFL.

Nagahama is a graduate of the Commerce Department of Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. In South Carolina, Nagahama has been an active supporter of the Japan America Association of South Carolina.