OSAKA, Japan (Feb. 26, 2002)—Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. has named President and CEO Shozo Katayama its Chairman of the Board and CEO. Yoshio Kataoka will succeed Mr. Katayama as president and chief operating officer, the company said.
Mr. Kataoka was previously president of Toyo's chemical/industrial products. Both appointments will be effective April 1, Toyo said.
Mr. Kataoko, 58, has been with Toyo since 1968, holding various positions en route to being elected to the board of directors in 1998.