Suzuki Philippines, Incorporated (SPH) welcomes the arrival of Akira Utsumi as its new president effective May 1, 2019. Utsumi holds a general manager position in SMC Japan and has been handling various markets around the world.
Prior to his appointment to the Philippines, he was assigned as the President of Suzuki Indonesia and most recently, of Suzuki Taiwan. SPH is confident his extensive work experience in the automobile, motorcycle and marine industry will support the continuous growth of the Suzuki brand in the Philippines.
He takes the reigns from Hiroshi Suzuki, who has held the post for six years. Under his tenure, Suzuki has seen its presence expanded to 2,801 locations, including dealerships and multi-brand shops. Suzuki’s motorcycle sales have also exploded to nearly 200,000 units as of 2008. Besides these sales successes, Suzuki has also made its mark with a Guinness World Record for the largest road safety lesson, various charitable efforts, launches of new models, and the support of the country’s most sought after endorsers.
Hiroshi Suzuki’s term as President of SPH will end on April 30, 2019. He will return to Japan to assume another assignment with Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) Japan.
“I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for your support during my tenure in the Philippines and for the warm friendship that I will keep as I move to new endeavors,” said Suzuki.
Both presidents were present during a special sendoff gathering prepared for Suzuki and to formally welcome Utsumi.