Bates has 25 years of experience working with companies both in the business-to-business and consumer technology sectors, including Nortel Networks where he held a variety of UK and international sales and operational roles. He most recently worked for Blackberry in a global role as the Leader of the Enterprise Product Group.
“Stephen brings to Canon extensive management experience gained working with globally recognised products and services in the telecoms industry,” commented Rokus van Iperen, President and CEO, Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We are transforming our organisation to focus on new growth opportunities and Stephen will play a key role in driving the development of our services and solutions business in the UK and Ireland.”
Bates will assume full responsibility as Managing Director from 1 January 2015, succeeding Hasse Iwarsson, who will retire from Canon at the end of this year.