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Toshiba gets new chief

TOSHIBA Corp said yesterday that it has named a new president, joining a string of other Japanese companies in shuffling management amid a crippling recession.

The Japanese electronics company said its board of directors nominated Corporate Senior Executive Vice President Norio Sasaki, an expert in nuclear energy, as new president and chief executive officer. Sasaki will officially replace Atsutoshi Nishida in June after approval at the shareholders meeting, Toshiba said in a statement.

The decision by the board of directors was based on a recommendation submitted by Nishida who will become chairman, the company said.

Nishida, who became president in 2005, and Sasaki played major roles in the purchase of leading United States nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric Co in 2006.

Interest in nuclear power has been growing because of concerns about global warming and efforts to reduce dependence on oil.

The move follows similar management changes at other major Japanese corporations, including Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co and Hitachi Ltd.


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