Isuzu Malaysia has announced the appointment of Koji Nakamura as its new chief executive officer, who will oversee all operational aspects of the company, including sales, after sales and finance. Nakamura will succeed Kenji Matsuoka, who vacates the position he has held since 2015. Aiding him will be Mikio Tsukui, COO for Commercial Vehicle Division, and Masayuki Suzuki, COO for Light Commercial Vehicle Division.

“Koji Nakamura has years of extensive experience, which include strategic planning, sales and operations, in addition to helming diverse leadership roles in the competitive automotive industry. I am delighted that I will be passing over the reins to someone with such excellent aptitude, high optimism and fresh perspective to lead this organisation,” said Matsuoka.

During Matsuoka’s term, Isuzu Malaysia improved its ranking in Malaysia’s top automotive company by volume from seventh to sixth, and improved the D-Max’s market share to 14.7% in the past year. “Throughout my tenure at Isuzu Malaysia, the company has experienced immense growth for which I am tremendously proud of”, Matsuoka added.

On assuming his new position, Nakamura said, “there are always opportunities to grow the business in any economic climate. I believe that my team is capable in realising our vision and subsequent growth in the coming years. My task at hand is to focus on improving our operational best practices, as well as intensifying vehicle sales.”

“I am very excited to take up this new challenge. I have been privileged to manage automotive business units on a global scale, and I will do my very best to bring Isuzu Malaysia to the next level in the local automotive industry”, he continued.