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Canon U.S.A.'s Ellen Pitchford Honored as a 2016 SmartCEO Brava Award Recipient

Pitchford Among 40 of Long Island's Top Women in Business to be Recognized for Company Growth, Mentorship and Community Impact.


MELVILLE, N.Y., August 10, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to congratulate Ellen Pitchford, vice president and general manager, digital marketing services division, Canon U.S.A., Inc., on the honor of being named as a recipient of the 2016 SmartCEO Brava Award, which aims to recognize top female business leaders in the Long Island region. In her role at Canon, Ellen Pitchford is responsible for corporate internet strategies, including company websites, e-commerce, social media platforms, and mobile applications. Ms. Pitchford is among forty other women in business who were chosen for this honor based on their contributions to company growth, promoting mentorship and creating a positive impact on the surrounding community by an independent committee consisting of business leaders.

"With her tremendous leadership and record of accomplishments, Ellen Pitchford is the definition of a valued member of the Canon team," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president & chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Ellen's leadership is shown day-in and day-out as she helps grow our digital footprint, whether it's by working to drive online sales or expanding our presence on social media. Ellen Pitchford is a true leader who is completely deserving of this honor and we congratulate her on her success."

In 1994, Ellen Pitchford joined Canon as a purchasing manager for Canon Computer Systems, Inc. in California and was promoted to director of procurement in 1997. In 2005, she transferred to Canon U.S.A. in New York to become director of internet marketing, managing this division for ten years. Following the creation of the digital marketing services division in 2015, Ms. Pitchford assumed her current title of vice president and general manager for this department. Since its inception, the division has grown from four employees to more than forty under Ellen's leadership; highlighting the significance of their team's work.

Ms. Pitchford, a graduate of University of Redlands, is also an enthusiastic member of the Long Island Women's Collaborative, where she helps promote the advancement of professional women in our area and to support economic growth and development on Long Island.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico) markets. With approximately $31 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2015† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ellen Pitchford, vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Services Division, Canon U.S.A., Inc.