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New President, Other Promotions Announced at SANYO-Verbatim CD Company

New President and Other Promotions Announced

March 19, 1999    Richmond, Indiana

The promotions of three SANYO-Verbatim executives have been announced by Hideo Nakai, Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President.

They are:

Tom Van Gessel, named President and Chief Executive Officer;

Brian Klaine, named Vice President of Production;

Ross Josephson, named Sales and Marketing Manager.

The three promotions take effect immediately.

Van Gessel has been with SANYO-Verbatim since 1987 as Vice President of Sales.  A graduate of the University of Michigan, he formerly held positions with Capitol Records and CBS/Columbia Records.   As President and CEO, he replaces Tom Ryan, who has resigned to pursue personal business opportunities and to move closer to family.  Mr. Van Gessell resides in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife and is expected to remain in that location, commuting as needed.

Phone:  800.704.7648
Fax:  765.935.0174

Klaine joined SANYO-Verbatim in 1987, and has held several positions in the Production department, most recently Director of Production Operations. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and resides in Richmond with his wife and family.

Josephson has worked directly with SANYO-Verbatim since 1997 as Manager of Internal Sales and Corporate marketing. Indirectly, he’s managed their marketing and advertising interests since 1995 from the CHAN & ASSOCIATES agency in Los Angeles. Ross Josephson, Sales and Marketing ManagerHe is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and resides in Centerville with his wife and family. Locally, he serves on the Board of the Richmond Art Museum, WayNet and the Starr-Gennett Foundation.

“These executives represent not only many years of experience at SANYO-Verbatim, but they have the commitment and vision to make sure the company takes the best advantage of the opportunities of the new Millennium,” Nakai said. “With these promotions, we are well positioned to remain leaders in the replication industry.”

SANYO-Verbatim CD Company is a leading provider of CD-ROM, CD-Audio and DVD replication services in North America. ISO-9002 certified, the company is a recent recipient of the Indiana Quality Improvement Award. The company and its holding company, SANYO Laser Products, has been manufacturing from its Richmond facility since 1986.

To obtain further information on this news release, contact Ross Josephson, sales and marketing manager.