Jeff Barna Photo: YTC

Jeff Barna Photo: YTC

Yokohama Tire Corporation announced three major organizational promotions effective immediately, bringing in new leadership for different divisions of the tiremaker.

Jeff Barna, who joined YTC in January of 2017 as COO, has been named president of YTC.  Barna’s expanded role will now include oversight of the company’s OE sales, export sales and human resource functions, which complements his current responsibilities of sales, marketing, product management, supply chain/logistics, project management and business analytics.

Hideto Katsuragawa has been named chairman of YTC. Katsuragawa, a YRC board member and senior managing corporate officer, will remain president and CEO of Yokohama Corporation of North America, which oversees all Yokohama-related operations in North America, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based  Yokohama Rubber Co.

Shinichi Takimoto, also a YRC corporate officer, was named CEO of YTC, Yokohama Tire Canada, and Yokohama Tire Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Yokohama Rubber Co.