GRAPEVINE, Texas — Kubota Tractor Corp. (KTC) announces the appointment of Haruyuki (Harry) Yoshida as the new president and chief executive officer of KTC and Kubota North America, based in Grapevine, Texas, effective Jan. 1, 2019.
Yoshida is a 37-year Kubota veteran who most recently held the position of managing executive officer and general manager of farm and industrial machinery domain, strategy and operations headquarters in Osaka, Japan, and has previously spent time in the U.S. in various roles.
In conjunction with this announcement, current president and CEO Masato Yoshikawa has been promoted to the position of director and senior managing executive officer, GM of planning and control headquarters and GM of global IT management. Yoshikawa will assume his new role in Osaka at the start of the new year. Yoshikawa has served as KTC president and CEO since late 2013 and has led the company through considerable growth, change and technological advancements during his 5-year tenure in the U.S.
“I’m eager and proud to continue the tremendous momentum Kubota has experienced over the last several years under Mr. Yoshikawa’s leadership, and look forward to leading the company through the next phase of development and growth in the U.S.,” Yoshida said. “We are committed to diversifying our product lines and expanding our infrastructure to better meet the needs of our customers and dealers, and I am confident we will continue to further strengthen the Kubota brand in the U.S. marketplace and throughout North America in the process.”