Tele Atlas Continues Aggressive Expansion of Asia Pacific Operations with Appointment of Shinya Banno as Managing Director of Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tele Atlas , a leading global provider of digital maps and dynamic content for navigation and location based solutions, announced today the appointment of Shinya Banno as Managing Director of Tele Atlas Japan. In this role, Banno will be responsible for all business operations in Japan, including sales, customer support and marketing. He reports to Asia Pacific Chief Operating Officer Mark Steele.

"Tele Atlas has made significant investments to expand its map coverage and operations in the Asia Pacific region this year, and looked to secure a leader with unparalleled navigation industry experience in our core market, Japan," said Steele. "Banno's highly successful track record in the navigation and automotive markets in both North America and Japan made him the best candidate to ensure our Japanese customers' successful expansion across North American and European markets."

Most recently, Banno served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Japan for automotive systems and facility management and control giant Johnson Controls Inc. In this role, Banno was a member of the XLP/Extreme Learning Process, an exclusive development program for senior management. Before that, he was General Manager of Global General Motors (GM) Sales at automotive parts leader Denso. While with Denso, Banno was based at the company's Denso International America operation in Michigan and was instrumental in securing the navigation systems contract with GM.

"This appointment gives me the opportunity to work with Japan's top navigation system suppliers. I'm looking forward to supporting their industry expansion goals with Tele Atlas' high quality products, content and business support," said Banno.

Banno holds a bachelor of business degree from Doshisha University in Japan. He is based at Tele Atlas' Japanese headquarters in central Tokyo.

About Tele Atlas

Tele Atlas delivers the digital maps and dynamic content that power the world's most essential navigation and location-based services. The information is the foundation for a wide range of personal and in-car navigation systems, mobile and Internet map applications that help GPS system users find the people, places, products and services they need, wherever they are. Tele Atlas also works with business partners that deliver critical applications for emergency, business fleet and infrastructure services. Founded in 1984, the company employs approximately 2,300 full-time staff and contract cartographers at offices in 20 countries around the world and uses a sophisticated network of professional drivers, mobile mapping vans and more than 50,000 data sources to continually update its maps. Tele Atlas is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (TA6) and on Euronext Amsterdam (TA). For more information, visit http://www.teleatlas.com.

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