COVID-19 delayed Konaka's official appointment, so for the past six months he has been working remotely with outgoing managing director David Cooke and the executive team. Cooke will stay on for another two months in a consultancy role, helping Konaka with employees, customers and partners either face-to-face or virtually.
Konaka has been with Konica Minolta for 20 years, most recently holding a senior role in the company's digital workplace business in Japan, and has also held sales and strategic planning positions in North America.
"I look forward to taking on this role and continuing to drive the legacy that Dr David Cooke has left, as well as looking at ways to drive Konica Minolta Australia into the future," said Konaka.
"There is no doubt that the global pandemic has resulted in a challenging and changing business environment, and it is important for Konica Minolta Australia, and its customers, to consider the way forward from here to ensure success."