Kai Group Names Sawamura COO

The Kai Group has appointed Noritaka Sawamura as COO of Kai USA. The appointment is effective beginning January 2020.

Sawamura will oversee such nationally known brands as Kershaw Knives, Zero Tolerance Knives, Shun Cutlery, and Kai Housewares products. In addition to those responsibilities, he will also direct Kai’s Universal Razor Industries division in Los Angeles.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of managing both sides of Kai USA’s business to maximize our opportunities in the marketplace now and in the future,” said Sawamura.

Sawamura brings a strong background and global perspective to Kai USA, the company noted. Before joining the company last year as evp, he served for 31 years in a variety of executive positions with the Sony Corporation.

Jack Igarashi, who has led Kai USA since 1997, is returning to Japan in an expanded role as corporate auditor of Kai Group.