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2010/05/12


Executive Personnel Changes

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the new line-up of directors and corporate auditors proposed to take effect following the 144th general meeting of shareholders and the board of directors’ meeting scheduled for June 24, 2010.

 

Hisakazu Imaki, representative director and chairman of the board, and Nobuhiro Hayama, director and senior managing executive officer, will step down from their positions, and Thomas A.H. Pixton, Akira Marumoto and Masamichi Kogai, who currently serve as senior managing executive officers, will be promoted to directors. Mr. Pixton will be named representative director by a resolution of the board of directors at its meeting immediately following the shareholders’ meeting.

 

After stepping down from his post, Mr. Imaki will be named Supreme Executive Advisor. Mr. Yamanouchi will assume the post of chairman of the board in addition to his duties as president and chief executive officer.

 

Shigeki Wakamatsu will step down as full-time corporate auditor and Kazuyuki Mitate, who currently serves as general manager of the Corporate Communications Division, will be newly appointed.

 

With regard to Mr. Imaki’s retirement, Mr. Yamanouchi said, “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Imaki for his tremendous contribution and service to the company. I have asked him to offer advice from a broader perspective as Supreme Executive Advisor.”

 

Mr. Yamanouchi added, “Since joining Mazda more than 45 years ago Mr. Imaki has worked primarily in the areas of production engineering and manufacturing and contributed greatly to the company’s growth. During his term as president from 2003 through 2008, the company posted increases in revenues and profits for seven consecutive years and achieved record profits. While serving as president, Mr. Imaki also promoted the strengthening of the company’s product and brand strategy and led the development of the next-generation SKY Concept powertrains. In November 2008, just after the global financial crisis struck, Mr. Imaki introduced a new line-up of corporate officers. He was named chairman of the board, I became president, and the entire management team steered the company through the unprecedented economic crisis. In the fiscal year ending March 2010 the company posted an operating profit and is on the road to recovery, so Mr. Imaki has taken this opportunity to retire from day-to-day management.

 

New Post Current Post Name
Representative Director and
Chairman of the Board
President and CEO
Representative Director
President and CEO
Takashi Yamanouchi
Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
Assistant to President; Oversight of Ford Relationship
Senior Managing Executive Officer
Assistant to President; Oversight of Ford Relationship
Thomas A. H. Pixton
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
In charge of Corporate Planning, Product Strategy and Product Profit Control; Assistant
to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation
Senior Managing Executive Officer
In charge of Corporate Planning, Product Strategy and Product Profit Control; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation
Akira Marumoto
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer
In charge of Production, Business Logistics
and IT Solution; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation; Assistant to the Officer in charge of R&D
Senior Managing Executive Officer
In charge of Production, Business Logistics
and IT Solution; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation; Assistant to the Officer in charge of R&D
Masamichi Kogai
Corporate Auditor (full-time) General Manager
Corporate Communications Division
Kazuyuki Mitate

 

Directors and Corporate Auditors to step down from their positions:

Current Post Name
Representative Director and Chairman of the Board Hisakazu Imaki
Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Nobuhiro Hayama
Corporate Auditor (full-time) Shigeki Wakamatsu

 

Brief Personal Record of New Appointees to the Post of Director

Thomas A.H. Pixton

Birth Date:   September 18, 1952
Education   Graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Automotive Engineering and Design
Career October 2003 Executive Director, Product Development, Ford of Europe
May 2006 Executive Director, Premier Automotive Group, Ford Motor Company
Apr 2008 Executive Director, Product Development of the Company
November 2009  
- Present
Senior Managing Executive Officer, Assistant to President; Oversight of Ford Relationship of Mazda Motor Corporation

 

Akira Marumoto

Birth Date:   August 18, 1957
Education   Graduated from Keio University in 1980 with a degree in Engineering
Career April 1980 Joined Mazda Motor Corporation
June 1997 Program Manager, Program Managers Div. of the Company
June 1999 Director; Assistant to Officer, in charge of Quality Assurance; General Manager, Product Quality Div. of the Company
December 2000   Director, in charge of European R&D and Production Operations of the Company
June 2002 Executive Officer, in charge of European R&D and Production Operations of the Company
June 2003 Executive Officer; General Manager, Platform & Program Management Div. of the Company
June 2005 Executive Officer, in charge of Product Planning, Program Management of the Company
April 2006 Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Product Planning, Program Management of the Company
April 2008 Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Corporate Planning, Product Planning and Financial Services; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation of the Company
January 2009 Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Corporate Planning, Product Planning and Product Profit Control; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation of the Company
February 2010 Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Corporate Planning, Product Strategy and Product Profit Control; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation of the Company
April 2010
- Present
Senior Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Corporate Planning, Product Strategy and Product Profit Control; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation of the Company

 

Masamichi Kogai

Birth Date:   August 24, 1954
Education   Graduated from Tohoku University in 1977 with a degree in Engineering
Career April 1977 Joined Mazda Motor Corporation
June 2004 Executive Officer; General Manager, Hofu Plant of the Company
April 2006 Executive Officer of the Company; President, AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
April 2008 Managing Executive Officer; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Production and Business Logistics; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation; General Manager, Production Engineering Div of Mazda Motor Corporation
November 2008   Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Production, Business Logistics and IT Solution; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation; General Manager, Production Engineering Div. of the Company
April 2010
- Present
Senior Managing Executive Officer, in charge of Production, Business Logistics and IT Solution; Assistant to the Officer in charge of Cost Innovation; Assistant to the Officer in charge of R&D

 

Brief Personal Record of New Corporate Appointee to the Post of Auditor

Kazuyuki Mitate

Birth Date:   March 12, 1952
Education   Graduated from Kyushu University in 1974 with a degree in Engineering
Career April 1974 Joined Mazda Motor Corporation
March 2001 Deputy General Manager, Product Planning & Business Strategy Div. of the Company
October 2003   Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications & Liaison Div. of the Company
May 2005 General Manager, Corporate Communications & Liaison Div. of the Company
May 2008
- Present
General Manager, Corporate Communications Div. of the Company

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