Taro Kitamura was named president of Yanmar Marine International. Kitamura will also lead the company’s recreational marine business unit. A 30-year Yanmar veteran, Kitamura replaces Shiori Nagata, effective April 1, the company said in a statement.
Kitamura joined Yanmar in 1990 as a procurement buyer and has held various positions with the company in Europe. For the last three years, he was group divisional manager of procurement, based in Osaka, Japan.
“I am honored to be appointed as the new president of Yanmar Marine International and feel especially privileged to be joining the marine division at such an exciting time,” Kitamura said in the statement. “I am looking forward to taking over the current business strategy that Shiori Nagata has successfully established and cultivated, with continued investment in new products, technology and partnerships, and a closer connection to consumers.”