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Subaru changes U.S. leadership

By Subaru Industrial Power Products   


ishii_smallOct. 13, 2011 - Subaru Industrial Power Products, with parent company Fuji Heavy Industries, has announced leadership changes to the U.S. corporate division. Casey Ishii will assume the role of president and CEO. Ken Hori has been named senior vice-president and CFO, and Brad Murphy has been appointed executive vice-president and COO.

In his new position, Ishii will oversee U.S. operations at the company’s
headquarters in Lake Zurich, Ill. A 30-plus year veteran of FHI, Ishii
began as a design engineer with the industrial products division, and
throughout the years has held various management roles in the areas of
engineering, manufacturing, marketing, planning and sales. Most
recently, he held the position of vice-president of the industrial products division at FHI.

Ishii is taking on the position previously held by the late Jay Peck,
who was president of the company for the past 15 years. When discussing
plans for assuming his new role, Ishii said, “Jay Peck was an amazing
president and leader who established a vision and direction for this
company. I am committed to building on his legacy, and seeing that we
continue to raise the bar in innovation and design, and exceed customer

As senior vice-president and CFO, Hori's chief duty is leading the
engineering department. He is also responsible for both the accounting
and administrative departments. Hori has been with FHI and Subaru for
more than 25 years, in that time holding various positions in the areas
of engineering, manufacturing and sales. Recently, Hori held the
position of department manager for FHI and was responsible for Subaru
engine sales in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In assuming his new
position, Hori is especially looking forward to working with the OEMs
and engineers to continue the development of the industry’s most
technologically-advanced engines and power products.

“Subaru has always set a high standard in terms of the level of
technology we incorporate into our products,” he said. “I’ve spent many
years in the engineering department with Subaru, and I’m thrilled to now
be leading this area to ensure we continue to deliver cutting-edge
innovation for our customers.”


In his new role as executive vice-president and COO, Murphy is in charge
of customer service, operations, sales and IT. Prior to his new
appointment, Murphy held the position of vice-president of sales and
marketing for the industrial power products division for 10 years.
Murphy has been with the company for more than 15 years, and his
experience working with customers and building relationships will ensure
continued, strong support and service for OEMs, dealers and other

“The strength of Subaru has always been in our innovation and quality,
but equally focused on providing the highest in customer service and
support,” he said. “In my years with Subaru, I’ve worked to develop a
deep understanding of what our customers need, and am committed to
upholding expectations on both sides.”

Murphy also gave further insight into this continued, elevated level of
service, saying, “We will soon be announcing details of a new expansion
and enhanced dealer support.”

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