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Sharp Manufacturing Company of America Promotes Michael Kelly to Senior Vice President
With more than 30 years of experience at Sharp, Michael Kelly takes the top position overseeing Sharp's Home Appliance manufacturing facility in Memphis, TN

MONTVALE, N.J., July 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp is pleased to announce that Michael Kelly has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sharp Manufacturing Company of America (SMCA). Employed by SMCA since 1984, and quickly moving up the ranks from Mechanical Design Engineer, Kelly understands the needs of the division and is prepared for Sharp's expansion in the Home Appliance space.

In his new role, Kelly will be responsible for overseeing Sharp's manufacturing facility in Memphis, TN that supplies the Microwave Drawer™ and other cooking products under the Sharp brand as well as to strategic OEM partners. Kelly will report to Jim Sanduski, President of Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA).

"Michael brings more than 30 years of industry and Sharp-specific knowledge to his new role," said Jim Sanduski. "His considerable experience and deep roots within the company make him a perfect choice to take the reins of SMCA as we embark on expanding our home appliance portfolio for the North American market."

"I am proud to lead SMCA in my new role as Senior Vice President," said Michael Kelly. "As Sharp's first overseas factory, SMCA has been manufacturing market competitive products under the Sharp brand and to several major OEMs in the North American market since 1979. The Memphis manufacturing facility will continue to play a key role in providing locally assembled products for the North American marketplace."

Kelly's promotion is one of two executive announcements. Shotaro Watanabe, previous head of SMCA, is returning to the North American Product Planning Department, a part of the Kitchen Appliance Division of the Yao factory of Sharp Corporation in Japan.

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About Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA)
SHCA is the U.S. Consumer Products Group of Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of one-of-a-kind premium technology products.  SHCA includes the manufacturing of Home Appliances in Memphis, TN together with the sales & marketing and servicing of Home Electronics in the United States. Leading products include Sharp Carousel®, Microwave Drawer™, SuperSteam+™ ovens, and Plasmacluster® Ion air purifiers. Sharp was named one of the Most Admired Brands in America and Sharp Corporation was named one of the 20 Most Loved Companies globally*.  Learn more at

*Sources: Buyology Inc., 2012; APCO Worldwide, 2013

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