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Grundfos expands Asia business with new appointment

Hideo Shirakawa to lead markets such as Japan and South Korea for water pump supplier

Pump manufacturer Grundfos appointed industry veteran Hideo Shirakawa as area managing director of its East Asia business.
Pump manufacturer Grundfos appointed industry veteran Hideo Shirakawa as area managing director of its East Asia business.

Water pump supplier Grundfos, which includes Middle East clients such as Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Dubai's Drydocks World, and Riyadh's Lamah Est, has appointed industry veteran Hideo Shirakawa to head its East Asia business.

In his new role as area managing director (AMD) of Grundfos East Asia, which became effective 1 January 2019, Shirakawa will be responsible for leading the company’s business across Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

With more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and business development,  he will also spearhead “opportunities for Grundfos’s development and expansion in East Asia”.

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He joined Grundfos in 2012 as a sales director and has been serving as the general manager of Grundfos Pumps KK Japan since July 2013. The veteran will continue to serve in his role as general manager of Grundfos Pumps KK Japan alongside his new role as AMD of East Asia.

Prior to joining Grundfos, Shirakawa held a number of executive sales positions, including vice president for sales and later strategic marketing at Hilti, Japan, as well as business development manager and commercial manager at Black and Decker, Japan.

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Speaking on his new appointment, Shirakawa said: “We have a solid track record of providing innovative and excellent water and wastewater solutions to our clients, and we intend to leverage this to capture the many more opportunities across Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.”

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