Takeo Shimazu assumed the role of Managing Director of Brother International Singapore Pte Ltd in April 2008 and currently oversees the company's operations in the Southeast Asia region. Mr. Shimazu joined Brother Industries, Ltd. in April 1985 and brings to his current role a wealth of experience in many aspects of Brother's business, garnered over the last two decades in markets such as Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Shimazu held various senior management positions within Brother's group of companies, most recently as General Manager, Brother Industries, Ltd., Japan, where he was responsible for the Corporate Planning Department of the P&H (Personal & Home) Company. Mr. Shimazu set up Brother International de Mexico in 1993, and as Director General (CEO) he was responsible for establishing Brother as one of the top brands in Mexico by 1999. In 2000, he assumed the role of President in Brother's sales subsidiary in Brazil. In his current role, Mr. Shimazu aims to double sales volume within five years, and to establish Brother as a leader in this region. Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1962, Mr. Shimazu holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. In addition to Japanese, he also speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently.