Suzuki Motor of America has announced the appointment of Takeshi Hayasaki as president. Hayasaki, a long-serving executive of Suzuki Motor Corporation, has many years of experience in the motorcycle/ATV industry. The company also announced that Takao Kudo has been named executive vice president and will oversee the new After Sales Operations group.
“Suzuki Motor of America is wellpositioned right now for growth,” Hayasaki said, “with a new company focused on the recreational powersports industry and exciting new models for 2014. I’m eager to work with Suzuki staff and dealers to continue this growth and brand momentum. We are creating opportunities for Suzuki dealers and Suzuki enthusiasts nationwide.”
Hayasaki served as assistant to the president of American Suzuki Motor Corp. from 1996 through 2002, overseeing strong growth in the company’s motorcycle/ATV division. Under Hayasaki leadership Suzuki launched several key models in the USA, such as the 1999 Hayabusa and QuadSport Z400 ATV. His broad understanding of sales and marketing as well as vehicle production and distribution will allow him to serve the U.S. market well again.