Suzuki names Muraki president, Sato to oversee marine

Publish Date: 
May 30, 2013

BREA, Calif. - The recently formed Suzuki Motor of America has announced two changes to its executive roster: a new president and a new person in charge of marine operations.

The company has appointed Toru Muraki (pictured, right), a former executive vice president, to president.

“Toru Muraki’s global motorcycle experience further positions Suzuki Motor of America Inc. to succeed,” said Tak Iwatsuki, chairman of Suzuki Motor of America. “New product introductions, strong dealer support and care for the customer will remain our focus. And our leadership group is well-qualified to help us reach our goals.”

“I am eager to continue Suzuki Motor of America’s steadfast commitment to the powersports industry,” said Muraki.

An avid motorcyclist, Muraki joined Suzuki’s U.S. powersports business in 2010 to lead its motorcycle and ATV marketing efforts. “But his love for America began much earlier, during his first visit in 1987, where he visited much of the West Coast,” Suzuki shared in a news release.

In the same release Suzuki thanked the outgoing president, Seiichi Maruyam, and wished him luck as he returns to Suzuki Motor Co. to take on a new role within the company’s European Automotive Business Operations.

Also as part of the restructuring, Takuya Sato (pictured, right) becomes the executive vice president overseeing Suzuki’s marine operations.

A marine industry expert, Sato has a background in engineering. “The U.S. marine market is unique in the world,” he said, “and I will help Suzuki continue to deliver industry-leading outboard technology to consumers interested in owning the best.”

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photos courtesy Suzuki