Yokohama has a new top U.S. executive and has named a new CEO of its new commercial tire-making plant in Mississippi.

Hideto Katsuragawa has been appointed CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America (YCNA), which oversees all Yokohama-related operations in North America, and CEO of Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. He will be based in Yokohama’s U.S. headquarters in Southern California.

Katsuragawa succeeds Takaharu Fushimi, who will return to The Yokohama Rubber Co. as managing corporate officer and head of tire overseas sales & marketing division.

Tetsuya Kuze will become a managing corporate officer with The Yokohama Rubber Co. and has been named vice president of YCNA and CEO of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi. He will be based in Mississippi.

Kuze will succeed Tadaharu Yamamoto, who has been YTMM’s president since 2013 and will return to Yokohama Rubber Co. as newly-appointed corporate officer and acting head of tire business planning division and head of tire business planning department.

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