New President For Caterpillar Japan
Caterpillar Inc. announced that Noriyuki Takeuchi has been named president and country manager of Caterpillar Japan Ltd. effective May 1, 2012. Takeuchi joined Cat in 1976, and since that time has held positions with a particular focus on purchasing, strategic planning and manufacturing operations. Takeuchi will report directly to Rich Lavin, Caterpillar group president with responsibility for Construction Industries and Growth Markets.
Takeuchi replaces Ali Bahaj, currently vice president and chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Japan Ltd. (CJL) who has elected to retire. Bahaj has been with Caterpillar for 32 years and has served as a Caterpillar vice president since 2002.
During his time in Japan, Cat said Bahaj was instrumental in finalizing the agreement between CJL and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) that resulted in Caterpillar becoming the sole owner of CJL, a long time joint venture between Caterpillar and MHI.