As President and CEO for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and managing executive officer, Mazda Motor Corporation (MMC), James O’Sullivan is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including sales, marketing, parts and service, logistics, communications, customer support and regional operations. O’Sullivan has been in this role since April 2003 and reports directly to Akira Marumoto, Executive Vice President, Corporate Planning & America’s Operations, Mazda Motor Corporation.
O'Sullivan brings to Mazda a wealth of automotive experience from more than 30 years in the business. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1976 and held a number of senior sales and marketing positions during his tenure with Ford. He was appointed to his Mazda assignment in April 2003, and formally became an employee of Mazda North American Operations in November 2008. In May of 2009 he was named Automotive Executive of the Year.
Born in Detroit in 1953, O'Sullivan graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Detroit in 1976 and received an MBA with an emphasis on marketing in 1984, also from the University of Detroit.
O’Sullivan has been married for more than 36 years to his wife Anne. They have four children.