Richard O'Donnell


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Former Vice President
Company Name
Yamaha Corporation of America

Richard O’Donnell was vice president of Yamaha Corporation of America at a very historic time in the company’s growth and development, the 1970s. Richard worked on several projects including managing the operations for the Everett Piano Plant in Michigan, which Yamaha purchased to expand its piano manufacturing. Richard later oversaw the Georgia manufacturing plants for Yamaha and witnessed first-hand the growth of the company within the American market. Being active in the company at the time of the release of the DX7 in the early 1980s, Richard was able to provide his views on the development of MIDI driven products and how Yamaha became one of the industry’s leaders in the field.