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Oishi will replace Karashima as Yokohama CEO, president

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Takao Oishi will replace Norio Karashima as CEO and president of Yokohama Tire Corp. on April 1 when Karashima returns to Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. headquarters in Japan.

Karashima will "assume an increase in responsibilities" as managing corporate officer when he returns to Japan.

He will supervise Yokohama's Off-the-Road Tire and Aircraft Tire divisions, as well as the company's Tire Logistics division. He also will serve as general manager of Yokohama's Tire Planning unit. In addition, he will continue to be in charge of the tiremaker's Tire North America Business Department and will retain his title as President of Yokohama Corp. of America.

Karashima's new duties were previously managed by Tooru Kobayashi, who has been promoted to director and managing corporate officer, president of Yokohama's Multiple Business Group.

A 32-year Yokohama veteran, Karashima was promoted to president of Yokohama Tire Corp. in 2004.

Oishi joined Yokohama Tire Corp. in 2007 as executive vice president, responsible for OE sales, strategic marketing and operations, and other functions. Prior to that, he served as president of Yokohama Europe.

In related news, Tetsuya Mizoguchi will assume a change in position as director and managing corporate officer, general manager of R&D center, for Yokohama Tire Corp.

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