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As executive vice president for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and executive officer, Mazda Motor Corporation (MC), Akira Koga serves as MC's number two executive in North America where he assists in overseeing all aspects of the company's U.S., Canadian and Mexican operations. Koga assumed this role in April 2011 and reports directly to Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO.
Koga joined Mazda in 1984 and since then has held a number of senior positions within the corporate planning division. He most recently served as an executive officer and general manager of the corporate planning division.
Koga received a bachelor's degree in economics from Yamaguchi University in 1984 before joining Mazda a short time later. He is an avid bicyclist and has owned all three generations of Mazda's MX-5 Miata sports car.