Katsuyuki (Kent) Murakami, general manager of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.’s Engines and Power Products Division, will retire at the end of this year, according to a company press release.
Yoshiteru (Yoshi) Ueda, head of the research and development program at the company’s Maryville, Mo., production facility, has been named as Murakami’s replacement. Ueda has been with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. since 1972.
According to Murakami, “Kawasaki is now well positioned for continued success and I’m very pleased to have been an integral part of growing the division from its early stages to where it now plays a significant role in all facets of our industry.”
During Murakami's tenure, the company made major strides in environmental support areas, including the incorporation of DFI technology and an acceptance of propane fuel conversion technology for its engines.
Ueda will relocate to Grand Rapids, Mich., in November and will work with Murakami in a transition period through the end of the year.