Thomas Schöpe, President of Yamaha Music Europe and Executive Officer of the Yamaha Corporation
Rellingen, June 22nd 2016 - Yamaha Corporation, the world’s leading Musical Instrument manufacturer has today announced that it has just appointed the very first non-Japanese Executive Officer.
Thomas Schöpe is currently the President of Yamaha Music Europe Gmbh, and took over the role in April 2015. Mr. Schöpe, previously Vice President for Yamaha Music Europe at its European Head Quarters in Hamburg, Germany is a native German himself and has been with the company for 37 years.
His appointment as Executive Officer is a clear message from Yamaha Corporation and its Global President, Takuya Nakata, that Yamaha will be an internationally managed and run business that ensures Yamaha’s growth across the global music market.
Mr. Schöpe said “I’m very proud to be the first Executive Officer of Yamaha Corporation appointed from outside Japan. My time at Yamaha Music Europe has been and continues to be a truly great experience, which I look forward to sharing with my colleagues in Japan and across the world, and I am eager to contribute to the entire Yamaha Group. Yamaha’s mission has always been to share the passion and performance of Music with the world and encouraging international co-operation and knowledge is a small step in the exciting journey ahead of us.”