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Kawasaki Promotes Four In Engine Division

Posted on July 24, 2014

The Engine Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has promoted four members of its management team.  Rodger Howe, formerly executive director of the Engine Division, has been appointed vice president. Howe (right) has served in executive positions with Kawasaki in both the consumer products area and with the Engine Division and will now oversee various aspects of the company’s growth plans for the Engine Division.

Karen Howard has been appointed senior manager, National Sales-Dealer and select Distributor Channels. Also a veteran at Kawasaki, Howard has held several marketing management positions, most recently national sales manager, Dealer and select Distributor Channels. She will continue to develop and implement strategic sales plans, focus on improvement of dealer traffic, oversee the company’s district manager sales team and help ensure achievement of wholesale objectives.

Tom Moskwa has been named senior manager, Engineering & Technical Services. Most recently the division’s manager of the Engineering Group, Moskwa will add responsibilities for research and development engineering to his existing oversight of the applications engineering team and the quality assurance group. The new position includes coordination with Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. (KMM) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) in the R&D area as well as development, testing and analysis of innovative engine performance concepts.  He will also coordinate new engine product development.

Lorraine Lauer is the new senior administrative sales supervisor, moving to her new post from the position of sales administration supervisor, where she has oversight responsibility for OEM engine orders and coordinates production with KMM and KHI.  The 17-year Kawasaki employee is involved with engine forecasting and business planning both domestically and for export, inclusive of Australia, Central and most of South America.

This is the second significant personnel announcement by Kawasaki Engine Division in recent weeks. Earlier in July, the company announced that Fumihiro “Clint” Ohno, who previously held the general manager position at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engine Division, was returning to that post as senior vice president. He succeeded Naoto “Nate” Kobayashi, a company veteran of nearly 30 years, who took a public relations role in the Motorcycle & Engine Co. planning division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Kawasaki Engines distributes gasoline engines for landscape, industrial and consumer markets.