BREA, Calif. - Suzuki Motor of America Inc. announced that company veteran Takeshi Hayasaki became president of SMAI on Dec. 16. In addition, Takao Kudo has been named executive vice president and will oversee the company's new After Sales Operations group.
“Suzuki Motor of America Inc. is well-positioned right now for growth,” said Hayasaki in a company press release, “with a new company focused on the recreational powersports industry and exciting new models for 2014. I’m eager to work with Suzuki staff and dealers to continue this growth and brand momentum. We are creating opportunities for Suzuki dealers and Suzuki enthusiasts nationwide.”
Hayasaki was assistant to the president of American Suzuki Motor Corp. from 1996 through 2002, overseeing the company’s motorcycle/ATV division. He also worked with Suzuki distributors in Canada, Australia, Europe and Latin America. "His broad understanding of sales and marketing as well as vehicle production and distribution will allow him to serve the U.S. market well again," the company noted.
“We’re glad to have Mr. Hayasaki’s business experience and leadership as we plan for continued growth,” said Larry Vandiver, Motorcycle/ATV vice president. “The introduction of new products such as the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS and the Burgman 200 ABS shows just part of our growth plan, and Mr. Hayasaki’s experience will help Suzuki Motor of America with these new products and much more.”
The new After Sales Operations division unites parts, accessories and service functions under the Kudo's leadership. Kudo most recently led Suzuki Motor Corp.'s global motorcycle service team as Export Motorcycle service manager. Kudo began working with SMC’s motorcycle service group in 1985. "Mr. Kudo’s global service experience will be instrumental as we launch the new After Sales Operations division," the company stated.
From a press release. Posted by Mary Slepicka