Sad news this week from Casio, as the brand announced the passing of their CEO, Kazuo Kashio. Having held the position of CEO with Casio Computer Co since 1988 (during which time he was also President, and later a Chairman), Kashio founded Casio with his three brothers in 1957, and became a fixture in Japan’s expanding role and worldwide presence in consumer electronics over the past several decades of Casio’s success.
From the original development of Casio’s calculator technology, to recognizing the demand for tough yet wearable watches, Kashio’s impact spanned phones, instruments, and even the very early development of mass market digital camera technology.
President of Casio from 1988 to 2015, Kashio oversaw all the but the earliest days of the G-Shock, helping to lead Casio on the path towards an incredible and distinctive presence in the era of quartz and digital watches. As evidenced by the wide range of products produced under the Casio name, Kashio was known for his ability to develop new markets and bring new technologies
Kazuo Kashio, 89 passed away in Tokyo this past Monday. The Kashio line at Casio continues with Kazuo’s son, Kazuhiro Kashio who took over from him as President in 2015.