Former Toyota executive John Koenig will head sales for Mitsubishi Motors North America after the resignation of Daniel Kuhnert.
Koenig, 62, joined Mitsubishi 12 months ago as executive vice president and adviser to its president at the time, Hiroshi Harunari. Koenig will become executive vice president of operations, responsible for sales, marketing, product planning and fixed operations.
The change comes six weeks after the arrival of Shinichi Kurihara as Harunari’s replacement.
Mitsubishi sold 97,257 vehicles in the U.S. last year, a 24.6 percent decline from 2007.
Kurihara also named Mitsubishi’s Western zone director, Ken Konieczka, vice president of sales operations, reporting to Koenig. Konieczka has worked in Mitsubishi sales for 20 years.
Koenig previously spent 24 years at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., managing its product planning division for almost half of that time.