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February 26, 2015updated 12 Apr 2017 3:54pm

Hitachi Capital re-orders UK and US chief executives

Robert Gordon has been appointed chief executive officer for Hitachi Capital UK, effective 1 April 2015, while Chris Shirai becomes chairman and chief executive for Hitachi Capital America.

By Brian Cantwell

Robert Gordon has been appointed chief executive officer for Hitachi Capital (UK) Group, effective 1 April 2015.

This follows the move of current chief executive officer and Hitachi Capital corporation executive officer for Europe and the Americas, Chris Shirai, to focus more directly on the organisation’s activities in the United States and Canada.

Shirai assumes an additional role of chairman and chief executive for Hitachi Capital America, and from 1 April will serve on the Hitachi Capital UK Group board in the capacity of a non-executive director representing Hitachi Capital Corporation.

Robert Gordon has over 30 years’ experience within the finance industry. Gordon joined Hitachi Capital (UK) on 16 January 2006 as managing director of business finance, before joining the board as group finance director in September of the same year; steering the direction, strategy and M&A activity of the Group. Gordon was then appointed to the position of chief operating officer in June 2011.

Chris Shirai said: "With his knowledge, expertise and commitment to the business, I believe Robert is the perfect candidate for this position. During his time as COO and through links with our colleagues in Japan, Robert has developed a great respect and awareness of Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Capital’s vision and identity, which he will use to guide his decisions for the future of our business."

Robert Gordon said: "I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to steer this diverse and growing organisation and am looking forward to taking up my new role in April. Hitachi Capital UK Group provides consumers and businesses in the UK with innovative finance products and a very real commitment to customer care."

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