Since Suzuki Motor of America restructured after filing for bankruptcy, dropping its auto line and focusing on the powersports business, some changes are being made internally as well. President Seiichi Maruyama is leaving his post Taking his place is former Executive Vice President Toru Muraki.
Also as part of the restructuring, Takuya Sato is named Executive Vice President overseeing the company’s marine operations.
“Toru Muraki’s global motorcycle experience further positions Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. to succeed,” said Tak Iwatsuki, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc’s Chairman. “New product introductions, strong dealer support and care for the customer will remain our focus. And our leadership group is well-qualified to help us reach our goals.”
“I am eager to continue Suzuki Motor of America’s steadfast commitment to the powersports industry,” said Muraki. An avid motorcyclist, Muraki joined Suzuki’s U.S. powersports business in 2010 to lead the Motorcycle/ATV Marketing efforts. But his love for America began much earlier, during his first visit in 1987, where he visited much of the West Coast.
In the press release, SMAI and its management team thanked outgoing President Seiichi Maruyama for his leadership and wish him best of luck as he returns to SMC to take on a new role within the company’s European Automotive Business Operations.