Michael Wada Named President of NKK Switches

Kiyoko Toyama to retire after 13 years as president

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 27, 2012) - NKK Switches, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, today announced the appointment of Michael Wada as president of NKK Switches, succeeding Kiyoko Toyama who is retiring from the post she has held for the past 13 years. NKK Switches is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nihon Kaiheiki Kogyo.

Wada has been with NKK since 2006, previously serving as vice president of business development. Prior to NKK, Wada held senior management positions at a variety of corporations across multiple industries, including Xerox.

Toyama, who has been with NKK Switches for more than 31 years, will serve as a senior advisor to the company through April 2012.

"Michael's forward-thinking vision, savvy management and work ethic are the talents needed to aggressively grow the company in this economic environment," Toyama said. "I have the utmost confidence in Michael's ability to lead the company to new heights."

"As a company we will be focused on growth and will continue to deliver the high quality switches to our customers and partners that have made this company successful for the past 30 years," Wada said. "We are fortunate to have worked with Kiyoko, and I believe she has laid the groundwork for many more exciting years to come for NKK Switches. We wish Kiyoko well in her retirement from corporate life."

A leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches, NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty, surface mount and programmable switches. NKK manufactures more than 3.5 million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary, DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches, each of which can be used as the foundation of a customized design. All switches are designed and manufactured to provide the quality and dependability that has made NKK the benchmark for reliability for over half a century.

NKK continues to lead the industry in responding to the needs of the marketplace with innovation, high reliability, customization and a commitment to excellence. The company provides a full suite of customization solutions that include: design, programming, printing and support. Downloadable 3D CAD models of the company's switches are available, allowing design engineers to quickly integrate complex models into their designs at no charge. NKK maintains a complete network of qualified representatives and distributors through the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Engineers who design the human-machine interface for their products rely on the broad product line, specialized design expertise and customer support of NKK Switches. For more information, contact NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone: (480) 991-0942. Fax: (480) 998-1435. Visit the NKK Web site at www.nkkswitches.com.

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