The Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd. (NSG), parent company to Pilkington, announced that George Olcott is retiring from its board of directors. He has served as an external director of the board since June 2008 and is retiring after completing a six-year term. The NSG board has nominated Günter Zorn as his successor.
Zorn is a German executive who has lived and worked in Japan for more than 20 years. He began working in Japan in 1991 as the president of the Japanese subsidiary of Linotype-Hell AG. In 1997, Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG and Linotype-Hell AG merged and he was appointed president of Heidelberg Asia Pacific in 2000. In 2005, he moved to Deutsche Post-DHL as president of DHL Japan Inc. and became executive vice president of the North Pacific, covering Japan and Korea in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, Zorn served as president of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. In 2009, he founded his own management consulting company, Z-Anshin K.K.
The proposed appointment will be formally decided at the 148th Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders, which will be held in late June.