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Yanmar America Announces Management Changes

Posted on May 22, 2014

Citing increased business complexity, combined with the need to increase the support of globalization and expansion of Yanmar Holdings Ltd., has caused Yanmar America, Adairsville, Ga. to evaluate and restructure some of its leadership positions effective June 1, 2014.

As a result, Tim Fernandez will become the new president of Yanmar America. Fernandez will report to Tetsuya Yamamoto and the Yanmar America board of directors.  Yanmar said Fernandez will be focused exclusively on achieving operational excellence in Yanmar America‟s main lines of business in order to achieve the “premium brand‟ value proposition for its dealers, distributors and end users.

Fernandez joined Yanmar America three-and-a-half years ago after a 20 year career with Yamaha Motor Corp. While at Yanmar, he has led the Industrial Engine, Energy Systems and Marine Engines business units.  He has over 26 years of experience with multi-national retail dealer and OEM distribution channels.

Ted Bregar, formerly president, will assume the responsibilities as chairman & senior executive advisor to Yanmar America. Bregar will report to  Tetsuya Yamamoto and the Yanmar America board of directors.  Bregar will be responsible for finding new business opportunities for Yanmar, as well as serving in an advisory role to Fernandez, as well as taking on other duties as requested by the Yanmar America board of directors.

Thirdly, Robert Abend has been appointed vice chairman & executive advisor. In his new role, Abend will report to Bregar and the Yanmar America board of directors.  Yanmar said Abend will work with Ted Bregar to focus on business development.

Finally, Junichiro “Jimmy” Onishi has been promoted to vice president of Yanmar America, and will report to Fernandez.  Onishi has a background in the Yanmar organization in Japan where he has been involved in building marketing structure and processes.

“Yanmar has a long, successful history in the world based on quality products and services engineered to conserve fuel and serve mankind,” Fernandez said. “I am proud and excited to have the opportunity continue this history, and to help lead Yanmar America into the future by capitalizing on exciting new, emerging technologies all built around our state-of-the-art diesel engines that are the heart of our industry leading marine and industrial OEM applications, as well as Yanmar agriculture, construction, power generation and air conditioning products.”

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