RICOH SIGNS COMMERICAL ENDORSEMENT CONTRACT WITH PAULA CREAMER
West Caldwell, NJ, September 30, 2008 - Ricoh Co., Ltd., the parent company of Ricoh Americas Corporation, has entered into a commercial endorsement contract with Paula Creamer, one of the leading female professional golfers in the United States. Ricoh will feature Creamer in company advertisements and on novelty items.
Creamer, 22, started playing golf at the age of 10 and turned pro in 2005 at 18 years of age after winning 19 amateur titles. In 2005, one week before her high school graduation, Creamer became the youngest player ever to win an LPGA Tour event. In the same year, she became the youngest and fastest golfer in the history of women's golf to earn more than one million dollars in winnings.
Among female professional golfers, Creamer is ranked among the top players, as well as third on the LPGA Money List for 2008.
For the past two years, Ricoh has been the title sponsor of the Ricoh Women's British Open, one of the world’s four major women's golf tournaments. Ricoh has also been the main sponsor for the Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup, one of the four major tournaments in Japan. Partnering with Creamer, Ricoh looks forward to promoting her through LPGA sponsorships while enhancing its own brand value.
Paula Creamer's Performance in 2008
Fields Open First
HSBC Women's Champions Third
Stanford International Pro-Am Second
SemGroup Championship First
McDonald's LPGA Championship 10th (Tie)
Wegmans LPGA 10th (Tie)
U.S. Women's Open Sixth (Tie)
Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic First
Evian Masters Ninth (Tie)
Ricoh Women's British Open Ninth (Tie)
CN Canadian Women’s Open Eighth (Tie)
Safeway Classic Sixth (Tie)
A global leader in digital office solutions, Ricoh (www.ricoh.com) creates new value at the interface of people and information, offering a broad range of digital, networked products, including MFPs, printers, fax machines, semiconductor related products and digital cameras. With 83,400 employees worldwide, and $22 billion in revenue, Ricoh is also one of the world’s leading environmentalist companies, committed to sustainable business everywhere.
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