With effect from April 01,
2015, Naohiro Yamaguchi will take over as Managing Director of Isuzu Motors
India (IMI) and will be responsible for the overall operations of the company.
He takes over from Takashi Kikuchi who will in turn will take over as President
of Isuzu Motors Co., Thailand and also assume the role of ‘Senior Executive
Officer’ at Isuzu, Japan. He will continue as the part-time board member at
Isuzu Motors India.
In another top level
appointment, Hiroyasu Miura has become the Chairman at Isuzu Motors India and
will be responsible for product engineering & development. Taizo
Nakahigashi, Senior Vice President at Isuzu Motors India will take over as the
Chief Executive Officer at Isuzu Hicom Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. The changes in the
management is as per the business plans of the company.
Naohiro Yamaguchi was till
recently the General Manager, LCV Sales Project Dept. at Isuzu Japan, while
Hiroyasu Miura was the Executive Officer and Executive in-charge of
Manufacturing Engineering Planning Dept, Vehicle Manufacturing and New Business
Development at Isuzu Japan,
According to a press release,
Kikuchi has been instrumental in setting up Isuzu Motors India. Since its
inception in 2012, he has successfully driven the initial phase of Isuzu
operations in India. Towards establishing Isuzu in India, Kikuchi has laid a
strong growth path by establishing the current organisation. Under him, IMI has
successfully established the strength of Isuzu products in key segments and
continues to provide a new dimension to products in the market in the Pick-up
and SUV segments. Key achievements of Kikuchi include the tie-up with Hindustan
Motors for the assembly of CKDs, fast-progressing construction of the new IMI
manufacturing plant at SriCity, in Chitoor district of Andhra Pradesh, tie-ups
with several Component Suppliers towards IMI’s goal of localisation and fast
expanding dealership network comprising 18 dealership outlets as on date.
Kikuchi said, “It has been a
very interesting journey so far in India and I am very happy that Isuzu Motors
India has seized the right opportunity in the market. With the strong focus on
quality, Isuzu will make a very interesting impact in the Indian automobile
industry. While I shall be taking over a new responsibility, I will be keenly
watching the progress at IMI in my capacity as part-time board member of IMI
and otherwise. Also, as I shall take-over the charge of Isuzu’s manufacturing
plant in Thailand which is the principle manufacturer of Isuzu Pick-up Trucks
and SUVs, globally, I look forward to supporting the Indian operations in all
Naohiro Yamaguchi who was
responsible for the LCV Sales Project at Isuzu, Japan will bring his rich
experience in the area of sales operations and strategy to India and will
further accelerate Isuzu’s growth in the country, as it gears up towards its
full-fledged operations in India by 2016.
In his previous role,
Yamaguchi was responsible for overseas sales operations and business
development at Isuzu Motors in Japan, Thailand and Europe. He was one of the
key members of the India project team at Isuzu, Japan.
Naohiro Yamaguchi, Managing
Director, IMI, said, “It is indeed a very interesting role that I assume in
India. Knowing the growing demand for high-quality, Isuzu has the right setting
to offer its world-class products to customers in India. Towards this, Isuzu is
already well on its way to establishing a strong organisation, world-class
processes and systems to offer the Indian customer the benefit of high quality.
I thank Mr Kikuchi for paving the way for growth and ensuring the set-up of
IMI, thus far. I also look forward to taking the same further to establishing
the strong brand of Isuzu in India.”
At the same time, Hiroyasu
Miura who joins as the Chairman at Isuzu Motors India will be primarily
responsible for product engineering & development in the company. He comes
with a rich experience in the areas of vehicle production and quality control
in Japan & Thailand with a global approach. Isuzu Motors India will benefit
from Miura’s global expertise in product engineering as the company plans to
add robust products to its portfolio in the future, the release added.
With a strong focus on
class-leading Japanese production methodologies, Isuzu lays much emphasis on a
very robust production system in India, to ensure very high standards of
quality. Towards this end, the intensive experience of Mr. Miura will add a
special dimension of focus towards standards in Production and Quality Control.
Hiroyasu Miura, said, “Isuzu
is world-renowned for its high quality vehicles owing to a very strong focus on
class-leading Production and Quality techniques. The same emphasis will
manifest at IMI and customers in India can be very proud of our products. I
look forward to my tenure in India and in my role of ensuring the highest
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