When Roland Corporation US announced a series of changes to its executive management in the United States all of the changes were effective as of April 1,2010
Dennis Houlihan, president and CEO, assumed the responsibilities of chairman of Roland U.S. He also continued in his role as a member of the board of directors of Roland Japan. Dennis had been with Roland as president since 1993. Additionally Mr. Houlihan held the position of president of Rodgers Musical Instruments for several years while at Roland also serving as it’s president and CEO (Rodgers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Roland Corp). Mr. Houlihan was the first manufacturer representative to also be elected as Chairman of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants).
Mr. Houlihan is legendary for his courteous, extremely effective and highly intelligent style of management, and is held in the highest regard industry-wide to this day. As stated by one well known industry insider, ” Dennis’ evident and brilliant talent and seemingly innate ability to make every person feel like “they’re the most important person in the room” has no doubt assisted him, amongst many other factors, in growing Roland to the worlds largest and leading electronic musical instrument company and the second largest musical instrument company in the world overall. To his credit, Dennis has still somehow managed to maintain an impeccable reputation, which unfortunately is an increasingly rare trait amongst CEO’s in recent years. Roland owes much of their success to this very capable leader and innovative team builder.”
Houlihan succeeded Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder and special consultant of Roland Japan, who resigned from his current roles as chairman and director of Roland U.S.
As a true believer, leader and participant in the launch and growth of the practice of Music and Wellness worldwide, Mr. Houlihan has graciously extended his invaluable expertise to the PLAY MUSIC-ENJOY LIFE! program. The PLAY MUSIC-ENJOY LIFE! team is very grateful and extremely fortunate to have Mr. Houlihan as an advisor and friend.