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Ohno Returning To Lead Kawasaki Engine Division

Posted on July 15, 2014

Fumihiro “Clint” Ohno, who previously held the general manager position at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Engine Division, is returning to that post as senior vice president. He succeeds Naoto “Nate” Kobayashi, a company veteran of nearly 30 years, who will take a public relations role in the Motorcycle & Engine Company planning division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Following his prior stint as the Engine Division GM, Ohno moved to Japan early last year to manage all of Kawasaki’s worldwide general purpose engine sales activities.  The increased focus on U.S.-domestic engine sales and marketing will see Ohno stepping back into a business structure that he helped create, and will allow him to more directly contribute to the future needs of Kawasaki’s business here in the U.S. and select areas abroad, the company said.

Ohno had overseen the beginning of the company’s recent transition from a marketer of both engines and handheld power products to a more targeted approach with a greater focus on engines.

Kawasaki currently markets more than 40 general purpose engines for landscape, industrial and consumer markets, many of which are produced by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A., in its Maryville, Mo., facility which has turned out in excess of eight million units, the company said.