Automaker Adds Key Industry Personnel to Support Future Growth PlansBREA, Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today announced the additions of Gene Brown and Chuck Halper to its talented executive management team. With more than five decades combined of industry knowledge and experience, Brown and Halper arrive at ASMC at a time of record growth. In 2005, Suzuki sold 82,101 vehicles -- the most in company history. This year, ASMC continues its impressive sales growth, selling an all-time monthly best 7,210 and 8,542 vehicles in January and February respectively.
In Brown's new position as vice president, marketing and public relations, he oversees ASMC's comprehensive marketing communications division, which includes all advertising and corporate communications activities. Tom Carney, who recently directed ASMC's sales and marketing departments, will move to a senior role as vice president, sales.
Halper's new role as vice president, quality and service affords him the opportunity to oversee all aspects of Suzuki's rising customer service satisfaction and its improving customer retention. He also will manage the company's training and service programs.
"American Suzuki is delighted to welcome two automotive industry experts with proven track records for success," said Koichi Suzuki, president of ASMC's Automotive Operations. "Gene and Chuck are the kinds of experienced executives on which this company prides itself, and we look forward to their leadership in helping Suzuki continue its increasing levels of success."
About American Suzuki
The Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), Brea, Calif., was founded in 1985 by Suzuki Motor Corporation. ASMC markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of more than 540 automotive dealerships in 49 states. ASMC's parent company, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motors manufacturer with sales of more than 2 million new vehicles annually. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, it has operations in 125 countries.
Source: American Suzuki Motor Corporation