TOKYO - Masayoshi Nagano is the new president of Subaru-Isuzu Automotive Inc. of West Lafayette, Indiana, in the United States.
He previously headed parent company Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.'s overseas operations and overseas production offices.
Nagano replaces Hitoshi Maeda, who returns to Japan to become a Fuji Heavy senior managing director responsible for automobile production and environmental affairs.
Maeda also will be one of just seven 'executing directors' at Fuji Heavy, under a decision-streamlining reorganization proposed by Fuji Heavy President Takeshi Tanaka.
Although Fuji Heavy's total board membership was scheduled to increase from 28 to 30, effective with the June 29 annual shareholders meeting, the new core group of executing directors will function as a streamlined board in reviewing day-to-day operations.
Among the other personnel moves at Fuji Heavy, Takao Saito becomes the president of Subaru of America Inc. He keeps the title of president - and adds the title of chairman - of Subaru Canada Inc.
Saito has a background in personnel matters and overseas operations. He has been involved with Subaru operations in North America off and on since 1988.
Yasuyoshi Watanabe, a Fuji Heavy senior managing director, will become president of Tokyo Subaru, a wholly owned dealership created by the merger of Chuo Subaru Inc. and Tokyo Subaru.