The old guard is slowly changing at Suzuki. The Japanese automaker controlled by its namesake family has appointed its scion, Toshihiro Suzuki, as its new president and chief operating officer. However, his aging father, Osamu Suzuki, now 85 years old, will continue to serve as chairman and CEO.

The promotion was announced as part of a new board of directors revealed by Suzuki on Tuesday, confirming several executive and board appointments. They include the nomination of Yasuhito Harayama as vice chairman and Osamu Honda as chief technology officer.

The eldest son of longtime chairman Osamu Suzuki, 56-year-old Toshihiro was named an executive vice president of the company in 2011. He's been widely regarded as the heir apparent, especially since his brother-in-law Hirotaka Ono died in 2007. Another president & COO, Hiroshi Tsuda, resigned in 2008, leaving Osamu Suzuki firmly in charge. Toshihiro is anticipated to eventually take over from his father, but it remains unclear when that transition might finally take place.
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30 June 2015
Change of Representative Directors and Appointment of Executives

At the Board of Directors held on 30 June 2015, Suzuki Motor Corporation has made the change of Representative Directors as follows. The new Board of Directors is as below:-

1.Change of Representative Directors
New Name Previous
Representative Director and
Chairman (CEO)
Osamu Suzuki Representative Director and
Chairman & CEO
Representative Director and
Vice Chairman
Supporting CEO
Yasuhito Harayama Representative Director and Executive Vice President
Supporting CEO / Business Development / Executive General Manager, Business Development
Representative Director and
President (COO)
Toshihiro Suzuki Representative Director and Executive Vice President
Supporting CEO / Global Marketing

2. Change of Commission of Representative Director
New Name Previous
Representative Director and Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Osamu Honda Representative Director and Executive Vice President / Supporting CEO Automobile Engineering, R&D, and Quality / Executive General Manager, Automobile Engineering

3. Board of Directors
New Name
Representative Director and Chairman (CEO) Osamu Suzuki
Representative Director and Vice Chairman Supporting CEO Yasuhito Harayama
Representative Director and President (COO) Toshihiro Suzuki
Representative Director and Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Osamu Honda
Director and Senior Managing Officer Executive General Manager, Motorcycle Operations Eiji Mochizuki
Director and Managing Officer Executive General Manager, Global Marketing Administration & Planning Takashi Iwatsuki 〇
Director and Managing Officer Executive General Manager, Corporate Planning Office Masahiko Nagao 〇
Director (outside director) Masakazu Iguchi
Director (outside director) Sakutaro Tanino

〇・・・Newly appointed


4. Auditors
New Name
Company Auditor Shunji Matsumoto
Company Auditor (outside company auditor) Shin Ishizuka
Company Auditor (outside company auditor) Masataka Osuka
Company Auditor (outside company auditor) Norio Tanaka

5. Senior Managing Officers and Managing Officers
New Name
Senior Managing Officer
Division General Manager, India/Africa Automobile Marketing Div. / Managing Director & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.
Kenichi Ayukawa
Managing Officer
Deputy Executive General Manager, Automobile Engineering / Joint Managing Director, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (Engineering, Quality Control, Purchasing and Manufacturing)
Toshiaki Hasuike
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Purchasing
Kazuo Hakamata
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Manufacturing Engineering / General Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Dept.Ⅳ
Hiroaki Matsuura
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Automobile Engineering
Masato Kasai
Managing Officer
Manufacturing / Executive General Manager, Manufacturing
Izumi Oishi
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Finance / Managing Officer, Finance Dept.
Taisuke Toyoda
Managing Officer
Division General Manager, Pakistan Automobile Marketing Div. / Managing Director, Pak Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. (Pakistan)
Hirofumi Nagao
Managing Officer
President, Chongqing Changan Suzuki Automobile Co., Ltd. (China)
Keiichi Asai
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Administration / Managing Officer, Human Resources Dept.
Shigeyuki Yamamura 〇
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Quality Assurance
Ichiro Onishi 〇
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Domestic Marketing / Managing Officer, Domestic Sales Force Promotion Dept.
Toshiaki Suzuki 〇
Managing Officer
President, Suzuki Motor Sales Kinki Inc.
Kazuki Yamaguchi 〇
Managing Officer
Executive General Manager, Global Automobile Marketing / Divisional General Manager, Asia Automobile Marketing Div.
Kinji Saito 〇
Managing Officer
Division General Manager, Indonesia Automobile Marketing Div. / President, P.T. Suzuki Indomobile Motor (Indonesia)
Shuji Oishi 〇
Managing Officer
Deputy Executive General Manager, Manufacturing (Production Quality Assurance & Overseas Manufacturing) / Managing Officer, Overseas Manufacturing Dept.
Hidenori Yamashita 〇

〇・・・Newly appointed



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