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Grip : GRIP May 2012
DEPARTURES GRIP FAREWELL AND THANK YOU MR MORI AFTER a remarkable career that has spanned 42 years, Mr Ikuo Mori is to retire as Chairman and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries. Mr Mori joined FHI back in 1970 when he graduated from Waseda University. Over the next four decades Mr Mori held a range of positions within the company, both in Japan and overseas, excelling along the way to eventually be appointed to the top job in 2006. Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, says he is enormously sorry to see Mr Mori stepping down, but is grateful for his contribution to Subaru internationally and his help with building the brand in Australia. “Mr Mori has been instrumental in taking Subaru to a new level in the world automotive market, and had a particular impact with our business here in Australia,” Senior said. “I have personally always appreciated his wise counsel and his willingness, indeed his enthusiasm, to build the brand in this country. “He has overseen the company during the most difficult time in its history, managing the huge impact that resulted from the tragic events of March last year. “He has always been an innovator, looking for new frontiers, and the product that we are seeing come on- line now is a direct result of Mr Mori’s work. “The XV, in par ticular, is a game changer in the automotive industry here and elsewhere, and came under his watch. We will continue to see the results of his work for many years to come. “I take this opportunity to again thank him for all he has done for Subaru and wish him a happy and healthy future as he readies for his next chapter.” Mr Mori officially stands down from his role on June 22, but will remain involved in an advisory role. Mr Yasuyuki Yoshinaga remains as FHI President and takes over as CEO. “I look forward to continuing our positive relationship with Mr Yoshinaga and I wish him well in his new position,” Senior said. INTERNATIONAL NEWS Subaru of America c ontinues its impressive run with an April sales rec ord of 26,310 vehicles, a six per cent gain over April 2011. The company also reported year-to-date (YTD) sales of 106,878, a 16 per cent gain over last year. YTD sedan sales for the brand have also increased with new Impreza up 157 per cent and Legacy up 12 per cent. Sales have exceeded 100,000 in four months - a first in the company’s 44 year history. Mr Ikuo Mori, retiring Chairman and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE INSURANCE & FINANCE CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE REPAIRS & SERVICE SALES AMBASSADOR WHAT’S IN THE PRESS TRENDS DEALER RANKINGS NPS SCORES SPORT
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