The chairman of Mitsubishi's U.S. dealer council praised Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s decision last week to name Hiroshi Harunari co-CEO of U.S. operations.
Chuck Barber, dealer council chairman, says Harunari, head of Mitsubishi's overseas operations, is close to Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko. "That gives you quick communication between the U.S. and Japan," Barber says. "I think it's a show of support for this market."
Rich Gilligan, who headed Mitsubishi's manufacturing operations in Normal, Ill., has been CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America since the departure of Finbarr O'Neill in January.