France headquartered integrated technology solutions provider dedicated to industries using leather, fabrics, technical textiles and composite materials, Lectra, has appointed Akihiko Tanaka to the role of Managing Director for its operations in Japan.

Tanaka has over 20 years of experience in the automotive and electronic industries. From 1994 to 2000, he held the role of Sales Director in France for Matsushita Electric Industrial (Panasonic), and was in charge of commercialising automation equipment to the automotive and electronic industries. In 2001, he joined INCS in Japan, a consulting and engineering company, to develop the footprint of a 3D CAD offer in Asia and in Europe and, in 2005, Tanaka joined Dassault Systèmes, where he successively held the roles of Business Developer for PLM solutions, Sales and Marketing Director for the design solution 3D CATIA, and Director of academic programs.

“Akihiko Tanaka’s international experience and his robust knowledge of technological professions, are a major asset to reinforce our value proposition,” said Daniel Harari, Chairman and CEO, Lectra. “The major challenge facing our Japanese customers is accelerating development cycles for their products within a fast-evolving automotive market and a fashion industry on a quest for greater agility.”