Suzuki is on a roll, setting sales records, enjoying three years of double-digit sales growth, introducing the new SX4, and working on a larger and better model mix. Getting people in place before for the next phase really takes off, the company has announced that Masafumi (Mark) Harano will become president of automotive operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation as of May 1, 2007.

Currently the president of Suzuki Canada, Inc., he has previously held positions in marketing and product planning in 19 years with the company. His task will be to ensure Suzuki's profitable growth continues as the company introduces five more models over the next four years, some of them in segments they haven't been in before. He replaces Koichi Suzuki, who will return to headquarters in Japan to run Suzuki North America's marketing department.

[Source: The Auto Channel]

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