FULLERTON, Calif.—Yokohama Tire Corp. said it is restructuring to strengthen and streamline its organization and to improve quality systems and customer focus.
The company said its corporate planning division, led by Jeff Takenaka, executive vice president, will create management groups responsible for planning, scheduling, strategic marketing and technical support. Mr. Takenaka formerly was vice president of the corporate planning division.
James MacMaster, former vice president and general manager for the commercial division, will fill the new position of executive vice president of the business division and will be responsible for sales, distribution, sales administration and operations functions.
Dan Hunter, former vice president and general manager of consumer products, was promoted to vice president of sales. He will be responsible for consumer, commercial and OTR sales.
According to Fullerton-based Yokohama, an engineering and technical support advisers group has been established in its Salem, Va., plant to support improvements in quality, production and technical matters.
"The reorganization is designed to improve financial and product performance, while delivering to our customers the same intimate service they have come to expect from Yokohama," said Koji Ikawa, Yokohama president and CEO. "These internal changes will be transparent to our customers."
Fullerton-based Yokohama Tire manufactures, markets and distributes tires for high performance, light truck, passenger car and commercial vehicles, and off-road mining and construction applications.