uring his decade as Solectron's CEO Koichi Nishimura led the company to become the world's largest, most profitable provider of electronics manufacturing services. His winning strategy was to implement an industry-leading feedback system that lets employees respond quickly to customer needs and market conditions. During his tenure as CEO, Solectron's contract manufacturing clientele came to include elite brands like IBM, Cisco, Dell Computers, Nortel Networks, Lucent Technologies, Hewlett-Package, Sun Microsystems and Sony.
Nishimura joined Solectron in 1988 when it was a regional company with one factory, 1,500 employees and $93 million in annual sales. He was named president in 1990 and CEO in 1992. Today the company has over $12 billion in annual sales and 72,000 employees in 150 factories around the world. He had spent the preceding 23 years at IBM where he held senior management positions in the disk file design, technology and manufacturing divisions. For his contribution to advancing manufacturing practices, Nishimura has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Solectron was twice awarded the Federal Government's Malcom Baldridge Award for manufacturing quality.
Koichi Nishimura was born August 31, 1939 in Pasadena. His was among the Japanese American families sent to the Manzanar internment camp.