From left, Roland's Jay Wanamaker, Jun-ichi Miki and Kim Nunney.


Wanamaker Named President, CEO of Roland Corp. U.S.
Roland Corp. announced two senior management appointments today.

Effective Feb. 1, Jay Wanamaker will become the president and CEO of Roland Corp. U.S., while Kim Nunney (the current president and CEO) will become executive vice president of global business development for professional A/V for Roland Corp.

Nunney became president of Roland Corp. U.S. in late 2012. Under his direction, the company returned to stable profitability and growth, according to Roland executives. Jun-ichi Miki, CEO of Roland Corp., credited the entire Roland U.S. team, under Nunney's leadership, for the turnaround, citing strategic and structural changes as well as steady investment in a stronger sales channel as well as strong new product introductions.

"It's been an extreme honor to lead the team through a highly successful regrowth," Nunney said. "At the same time, the opportunity for Roland's video and audio technologies within the professional A/V space is incredible. With significant investments in our new M-5000 configurable live mixing console and numerous video technologies, the opportunity to bring a global focus to our overall sales and marketing development for the pro A/V space is very exciting."

Wanamaker has served as a senior executive with Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division, Yamaha Band & Orchestral Division, Guitar Center, Music & Arts, KMC Music, Alfred Publishing and Amati USA.
He was a member of the faculty at the University of Southern California's Thorton School of Music, he has authored a number of music publications and composed music for the motion picture Drumline.

"I am really excited to lead this world-class corporation, which is an iconic brand known for creating truly innovative and compelling products. My deep background in wholesale and retail will be a tremendous asset as I dedicate myself to, and focus on, leading Roland U.S. into its next phase of growth."

"We are very excited about the appointments of both Mr. Wanamaker and Mr. Nunney," said Miki. "Building on his vast experience across different aspects of the musical instrument industry and the momentum of successes at Roland U.S., Mr. Wanamaker will lead the next chapter of Roland's development. The opportunity to further grow our MI business is very evident, while the development of our Professional A/V business is a fundamental key to the global growth of Roland Corporation."