Powersports Business has learned that Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. has named Toru Muraki president. Muraki, formerly executive vice president, replaces Seiichi Maruyama, who will return to Suzuki Motor Corp. to take on a new role within the company’s European automotive business operations.
Also as part of the restructuring, Takuya Sato has been named executive vice president, overseeing the company’s marine operations.
“Toru Muraki’s global motorcycle experience further positions Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. to succeed,” said Tak Iwatsuki, chairman of Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. “New product introductions, strong dealer support and care for the customer will remain our focus. And our leadership group is well-qualified to help us reach our goals.”
“I am eager to continue Suzuki Motor of America’s steadfast commitment to the powersports industry,” Muraki said.
An avid motorcyclist, Muraki joined Suzuki’s U.S. powersports business in 2010 to lead the motorcycle/ATV marketing efforts.
Overseeing Suzuki’s marine operations in the U.S., Sato brings a background in engineering.
“The U.S. marine market is unique in the world,” Sato said, “and I will help Suzuki continue to deliver industry-leading outboard technology to consumers interested in owning the best.”