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Takashi Yamanouchi to retire as Mazda chairman

Published by Mazda Blogs on May 12th, 2014

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Takashi Yamanouchi

Takashi Yamanouchi has been with Mazda for a long time. He signed on with the Japanese automaker in April 1967 – one month after graduating from Keio University – and rose through the ranks over the years. By 1996 he was named to the company’s board of directors. In 2008 he was named president and CEO, an office he held until 2013, after which he handed over the day-to-day reins to Masamichi Kogai and took up the seat at the head of the board room to serve as the company’s chairman. But now, after 47 years working for Mazda, Yamanouchi-san is retiring at the age of 69.

During his tenure as CEO and then as chairman, Yamanouchi was credited with growing Mazda’s business despite unfavorable fluctuations in exchange rates, opening the company’s first plant in Mexico, and spearheading the development of Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies and Kodo design language.

In his place, current vice chairman Seita Kanai will take over as chairman. The changing of the guard will take place after the annual shareholders’ meeting on June 24.

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Mazda CEO charts how to reach 2 percent of world market, rotary engine far from dead

Published by Mazda Blogs on November 17th, 2011

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To launch into this year’s LA Auto Show festivities, the Motor Press Guild hosted Mazda president and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi, who proceeded to map out for us Mazda’s plan to go from stylish underdog to a more seriously considered Japanese innovator.

“So long as I remain involved with this company… there will be a rotary engine offering or multiple offerings in the lineup.”

Key to the next decade of planning for Mazda HQ in Hiroshima is the comprehensive vehicle strategy called SkyActiv. At the show today, Mazda, in fact, is showing off its next vehicle with SkyActiv tech onboard, the new CX-5 small crossover with the 2.0-liter direct-injection engine.

Following the Japanese tsunami tragedy in the midst of an already hurting world economy, Yamanouchi emphasized that the worldwide support and open sharing that happened following the tsunami allowed Mazda in particular to get up and fully running in June, just three months after the catastrophe, versus the six to nine months anticipated.

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Mazda CEO charts how to reach 2 percent of world market, rotary engine far from dead originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 13:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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