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NEC becomes Umbrella Sponsor of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (April 24, 2013) -The PGA TOUR and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today through NEC Latin America that NEC is expanding its presence on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica beyond its current tournament sponsorship by becoming the umbrella sponsor of the entire 15-event Tour.

The sponsorship takes effect immediately and features a renaming of the Tour to NEC Series - PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. NEC is currently the title sponsor of the Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational being played this week at the Club de Golf Uruguay.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this landmark sponsorship for the Tour and to welcome NEC as an umbrella sponsor of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica," said Jack Warfield, President of NEC Series - PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. "We look forward to working with our partners at NEC to maximize its presence on the Tour as we continue to build the PGA TOUR's presence throughout Latin America."

NEC sponsored the PGA TOUR's World Series of Golf at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for 15 years, through 1998, and then continued its sponsorship of the tournament for seven more years after it transformed into a World Golf Championships event.

"We are very excited to reinforce our presence with the PGA TOUR through PGA TOUR Latinoamérica," said Carlos Martinangeli, COO & Senior Vice President of NEC Latin America. "As a former World Golf Championships sponsor, NEC well understands the importance and effectiveness of sponsorship for golf tournaments. The NEC Series - PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will expand NEC's presence in Latin America and beyond."

As part of the agreement, NEC will receive branding in the Tour logo as well as on-site at tournaments and on-line. The company also may host important business clients at PGA TOUR Latinoamérica events.


About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at

About NEC Latin America
NEC Latin America is a 100% subsidiary of NEC Corporation and regional headquarters overseeing NEC Brazil, NEC de Colombia, NEC de Mexico, NEC de Venezuela, NEC Chile, NEC de Uruguay and NEC Argentina. The company aims to improve the social infrastructure of Latin America by utilizing advanced technologies in fields that include Biometrics, Security, Communications, eGovernment and Smart Cities. NEC Latin America is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with a Development Solution Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About NEC Series - PGA TOUR Latinoamérica
NEC Series - PGA TOUR Latinoamérica is a professional golf tour created in 2012 by the PGA TOUR in collaboration with the Tour de Las Americas, promoters and National Golf Federations. The inaugural 2012 season featured 11 tournaments between September and December in seven countries in the Latin American region: Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The top-five money-winners from the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica order of merit earn Tour status for the following season. The 2013 season features 15 events in nine countries throughout Latin America.