FULLERTON, Calif. (May 3, 2013) — Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) has promoted three executives to senior management positions.
Takayuki Hamaya, chief operating officer at (YTC), announced the following personnel changes, effective May 1:
• Tom Masuguchi becomes senior vice president, chief strategy officer and deputy chief financial officer. He had been vice president and chief accounting officer.
"As chief strategy officer, Tom will assist me in overseeing the day-to-day execution of our overall strategic vision," Mr. Hamaya said. "He will work closely with various areas within Yokohama to make certain we are focused on the proper goals and initiatives, as well as ensuring effective communication between the different groups within the company. Tom will also be responsible for YTC's information technology department."
• Jeremy Kahrs has been promoted to senior director, supply chain, logistics, corporate planning and OE sales, from director, corporate planning and OE sales. Mr. Kahrs's responsibilities include YTC's operational logistics such as transportation, distribution centers and all supply chain functions, including forecasting, production planning and finished goods inventory optimization, the company said.
• Alan Easome has been named senior director, new plant development. He previously had been senior director of operations. In his new role, Mr. Easome will jointly oversee YTC's new commercial tire plant in Mississippi with YTC's parent company, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. As the new plant evolves, YTC said Mr. Easome will transition the areas of logistics and supply chain over to Jeremy Kahrs during the next several months.