Joel Harris Appointed New President and CEO of TLC

RALEIGH, N.C. -- ITOCHU International Inc. has announced the appointment of Joel Harris as President and CEO of Telerent Leasing Corporation, the parent company of TeleHealth Services and Avidex  effective April 1, 2015. Mr. Harris, currently CEO of Avidex, has served in a variety of senior management positions at TLC since interning as an MBA student in 1996.

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His assignments have included Director of Corporate Planning, Vice President of Product Development, and Senior Vice President of Operations. Mr. Harris led several of TLC’s acquisition initiatives, built the team that developed the ground-breaking TigrVue interactive system, managed operations in healthcare, corporate and hospitality business lines, and provided front line client engagement with some of the nation’s largest healthcare and information technology companies.

“Mr. Harris will take TLC boldly into new and expanding U.S. healthcare and corporate business audio-visual opportunities,” Mr. Fleming, TLC’s retiring CEO, commented on the appointment. “TeleHealth Services and Avidex have terrific leadership teams that are completing record years and launching new products and services.  This is an exciting time to be moving the company into a new phase of growth.”

“The customer-focused business philosophy and innovative technologies of TeleHealth and Avidex will continue as our guiding light as we focus on business expansion with our market leading companies,” noted Mr. Harris.

Mr. Harris holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Ohio State University and a MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has also worked in engineering and strategic consulting positions with Marathon Oil, Ernst & Young, LLP, and Pfizer, Inc. as well as being a veteran of the United Sates Marine Corps.

Mr. Fleming is retiring from TLC after 14 years as CEO and 20 plus years of service at TLC. Mr. Naohiko Yoshikawa, SVP & General Manager, Machinery Division, ITOCHU International Inc. stated, “ITOCHU has great respect for the tremendous accomplishments of Mr. Fleming while serving as CEO of TLC.”

About TLC:    TLC (Telerent Leasing Corporation) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ITOCHU International Inc., part of the Japanese Global 500 company ITOCHU Corporation. TLC operates through its two primary business units, Avidex Industries ( and TeleHealth Services ( Leasing Corp