Mazda Motor Company has named Akira Moro as its next Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Masamichi Kogai, who is to retire in June. Moro, the former head of Mazda North America, will take the helm at the Japanese automaker, becoming the first non-Japanese CEO in its history.
Moro’s appointment stands as a testament to his extensive career with Mazda, spanning over three decades. Having held a variety of leadership positions within the company, he has been credited with spearheading the development of innovative technologies, such as Mazda’s SKYACTIV fuel-efficient engines, as well as leading the company’s expansion into new markets.
In his most recent role as President and CEO of Mazda North America, Moro was responsible for overseeing the company’s operations in the US, Canada, and Mexico. During his tenure, he was credited with significantly increasing the company’s market share in the US, as well as introducing new products to the market.
Moro’s appointment marks an important milestone for Mazda. He is the first non-Japanese CEO in the company’s history, and his appointment signals a shift in the company’s direction, as it looks to become a global leader in the automotive industry.
With Moro at the helm, Mazda is poised to continue to innovate and expand its presence around the world. Having held numerous leadership positions in Mazda, he is well-equipped to lead the company into the future and drive its growth.