Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. Appoints New President And CEO


Leandro Iraola, Presidente Grupo Iraola shown with new President and CEO Eigo Konya

“They say change will do you good…” as the song goes, and it’s looking like some big changes are happening at Kawasaki Motors Corp USA. After a little over three years of service as the President and CEO, Yoshi Tamura has returned to KMC’s parent company, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Japan.

This move made it possible for then-General Manager of Kawasaki Motors Shanghai, Ltd., Eigo Konya to fill the position. Konya, a seasoned salesman and strategist himself, expressed his praise for the recent sales growth KMC has been enjoying and looking to dramatically increase its market share in several avenues, including personal watercraft.

Foothill Ranch, CA – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) welcomes Mr. Eigo Konya as President and CEO effective immediately. After three and a half successful years leading KMC to industry-leading retail and market share growth, Mr. Yoshi Tamura has returned to Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Japan.

Mr. Konya first joined KMC from 2001 to 2007 contributing to record sales revenues in the U.S, which led to his appointment as General Manager of Kawasaki Motors Shanghai, Ltd. Mr. Konya led the team that built the Kawasaki brand in mainland China, establishing the company, developing the sales structure and strategy, growing the dealer network and emerging annual revenue over a five year period.

Returning to KMC, Mr. Konya is excited to continue the success the company has achieved in recent years and looks to continue growing retail sales and market share in the U.S.

“It is a very exciting time to return to KMC,” said Mr. Konya. “Kawasaki has seen fantastic retail growth in the United States thanks to the best dealer network in the industry and new, exciting models each year. I look forward to leading such a top-tier company.”

Mr. Konya will address the U.S. dealer network at the Kawasaki Dealer Business Meeting, October 7-12th, 2019 in Palm Desert, California, where Kawasaki will launch multiple new models for 2020.

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Kevin Shaw

Kevin Shaw

Editor-in-Chief – kevin.shaw@shawgroupmedia.com Kevin Shaw is a decade-long powersports and automotive journalist whose love for things that go too fast has led him to launching The Watercraft Journal. Almost always found with stained hands and dirt under his fingernails, Kevin has an eye for the technical while keeping a eye out for beautiful photography and a great story.

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