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2006/06/01


Organization and Personnel Changes

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the following organizational changes and personnel changes, effective June 1, 2006.

 

1. Organizational Changes

R&D
<Goals>
(1) To strengthen the relationships between Mazda's companywide initiatives such as Mazda Digital Innovation (MDI), Mazda Product Development System (MPDS) and cost innovation efforts with its product planning and R&D resources functions as well as accelerate infrastructure developments that reinforce Mazda's future product development capability and capacity for cost innovation.
(2) To promote a more efficient organization by consolidating the functions of formerly-independent departments within the R&D area into the new R&D Technical Administration Division.
(3) To implement a more efficient and effective vehicle development process by consolidating the early stages of the development process—specifically, strategic planning, concept development and basic design.

<Details>
(1) The changes resulted in a departmental realignment, with the Strategic Cost Innovation Division renamed as the Strategic Cost Innovation Department and control of this department being transferred to the R&D Technical Administration Division.
(2) Control of the MDI & MPDS Planning & Development Dept., Environmental & Safety Engineering Dept., Intellectual Property Dept., and the Technical Research Department are transferred to the R&D Technical Administration Division.
(3) The Vehicle Engineering Promotion Department has been eliminated and its functions integrated with the Vehicle Development Promotion Dept. to form the new Vehicle Development Promotion Dept.
(4) The Vehicle Layout Engineering & Computer Aided Design (CAD) Dept. has been eliminated and its functions incorporated into the Vehicle Development Promotion Dept., under the control of the Body Development Dept.
(5) The Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Department has been eliminated with some of its functions being transferred to the Vehicle Development Promotion Dept., Chassis Dynamics Development Dept, Crash Safety Development Dept., Body Development Dept., Chassis Development Dept., and Interior Components Development Dept. The remaining CAE Dept. functions have been integrated into the Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) Development Dept. to form the new NVH & CAE Technology Development Dept.

2. Personnel Changes
(1) General managers

<New Post> <Current Post> <Name>
General Manager
Product Profit Control Div.
David F. Stickel
Staff Manager
Product Profit Control Div.
General Manager
Product Profit Control Div.
William J. Obermaier
Staff Manager
R&D Technical Administration Div.
General Manager
Strategic Cost Innovation Div.
and General Manager
Commodity Cost Promotion Dept.
and Deputy General Manager
Product Profit Control Div.
and Deputy General Manager
Program Management Div.
and Deputy General Manager
Vehicle Development Div.
and Deputy General Manager
Powertrain Development Div.
and Deputy General Manager
Purchasing Div.
Tadashi Iwamoto
General Manager
MDI & MPDS Planning &
Development Dept.
(R&D Technical Administration Div.)
General Manager
MDI & MPDS Planning &
Development Dept.
Akihiro Kidani
General Manager
Strategic Cost Innovation Dept.
(R&D Technical Administration Div.)
General Manager
Cost Strategy Planning Dept.
Chiharu Mizutani
General Manager
Environmental & Safety Engineering Dept.
(R&D Technical Administration Div.)
General Manager
Environmental & Safety Engineering Dept.
Naoyuki Osaki
General Manager
Intellectual Property Dept.
(R&D Technical Administration Div.)
General Manager
Intellectual Property Dept.
Yoshiyuki Asada
General Manager
Technical Research Dept.
(R&D Technical Administration Div.)
General Manager
Technical Research Dept.
Toshiaki Nishida
Deputy General Manager
Vehicle Development Div.
Deputy General Manager
Vehicle Development Div.
and General Manager
Vehicle Development Promotion Dept.
Kazuo Kubo
Deputy General Manager
Vehicle Development Div.
and General Manager
Vehicle Development Promotion Dept.
Deputy General Manager
Vehicle Development Div.
and General Manager
Vehicle Engineering Promotion Dept.
Takahisa Sori
Staff Manager
Vehicle Development Div.
General Manager
Body Development Dept.
Chikashi Kawamoto
General Manager
NVH & CAE Technology
Development Dept.
General Manager
CAE Dept.
Seiichi Ando
General Manager
Body Development Dept.
General Manager
Vehicle Layout Engineering & CAD Dept.
Takeji Oya
General Manager
Chassis Development Dept.
General Manager
NVH Development Dept.
Hiroyuki Matsumoto
General Manager
Vehicle System Development Dept.
General Manager
Chassis Development Dept.
Shin Takehara
Program Manager
Powertrain Development Div.
General Manager
Drivetrain Development Dept.
Shigeru Matsuno
General Manager
Drivetrain Development Dept.
Manager
AT Engineering Gr., Drivetrain
Development Dept.
Toshiyuki Kikuchi
Senior Research Engineer
Technical Research Center
General Manager
Vehicle System Development Dept.
Kenji Shodai

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