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Takashi Yamanouchi is representative director, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation.  He was appointed to this position November 19, 2008.  Prior to this new post, he served as representative director, executive vice president, and assistant to the president; in charge of Corporate Liaison, Purchasing, Human Resources, Administration, Secretariat and Global Auditing.

Yamanouchi joined Mazda Motor Corporation in April 1967 (then called Toyo Kogyo Co., Ltd.) and has held numerous leadership positions in corporate planning and financial management.  In 1996 he was named a company director, and later served as managing director in charge of Production Engineering, Manufacturing and Business Logistics.  In 2002 Yamanouchi joined the executive ranks as senior managing executive officer in charge of Secretariat, Personnel and Human Development, Internal Auditing and Mazda Hospital.  His responsibilities over the years have also included Corporate Affairs, Risk Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Born in 1945, Yamanouchi graduated from Keio University in March 1967 with a degree in Commerce.

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