LOS ANGELES -- Jim O’Sullivan, an auto industry veteran and current CEO of Mazda’s North American Operations, will retire at the end of the year, the automaker said Monday. Mazda has named Masahiro Moro as O’Sullivan’s successor.
O’Sullivan, 62, has been at the helm of Mazda’s North American Operations since 2003 and has help guide the tiny Japanese brand out of the Ford era and into its own niche of efficient, sporty cars and crossovers.
“I could not be more sad to see Jim leave Mazda,” Masamichi Kogai, CEO of Mazda Motor Corp., said in a statement. “Both personally and on behalf of all Mazda executives and employees, I would like to express my gratitude to Jim for his many years of service and the huge contribution he has made to our company.”