TOKYO (Jan. 6, 2014) — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has promoted Hideto Katsuragawa, a 31-year company veteran, to president of its tire business unit in addition to his previous duties as a director and managing corporate officer.
Mr. Hideto takes over the tire business presidency from YRC President Hikomitsu Noji, who has been president of YRC since April 2011
and president of the tire business since June 2010.
Yokohama did not elaborate on its reasons for the changes, which were effective Jan. 1. Mr. Noji continues as a representative director as well as president.
Mr. Katsuragawa also is chief tire marketing officer, head of OE tire sales/markering division, and president of Yokohama Continental Tire Co. Ltd.
Also, Fumio Morita, a director and managing corporate officer, was given the responsibilities of overseeing the sports business planning department and the presidency of PRGR Co. Ltd. in addition to his duties as head of corporate social responsibility division and overseeing Yokohama Motorsports International Co. Ltd.
Also, Yuji Goto, a director and senior managing corporate officer, was named president of Kameyama Bead Co. Ltd., a tire bead production subsidiary. He continues as chief tire production office, head of tire production division and head of the Hiratsuka tire factory.