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Mazda North America Announces Senior Management Shuffling

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has announced that, effective immediately, there will be a few changes to its upper management structure for the United States.

First among these changes concerns Robert Davis, who until this point was Senior Vice President of US Operations. Davis will now be taking on a newly-created title of Senior Vice President of Special Assignments. More specifically, this means that Davis will head up teams to look into issues of recall compliance and cybersecurity, with a particular emphasis on preparing Mazda to handle incoming legislation and regulation.

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Next, Ron Stettner, previously Vice President of Sales and Retail Operations, will be leaving Mazda after nine years, and so the new VP of Sales and Retail Operations will be Tom Donnelly, who was previously the Regional General Manager for the Western Region.

Finally, to fill the void left behind by Donnelly’s promotion, Kara Hudson, previously the Director of Training, will be taking on the role of Regional General Manager for the Western Region.

Talking about these changes, MNAO president and CEO Masahiro Moro said, “I am excited to announce these changes to our team today, as they signal our commitment to developing the next generation of Mazda’s leadership team.  But more importantly, they underscore the depth and strength of our team in the U.S.  I will be leaning heavily on Robert Davis to tap into his nearly 30 years of Mazda experience for his critical new role, and to be a mentor to both Tom and Kara, and to the whole Mazda organization.”

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