Brad MurphySubaru Industrial Power Products, with parent company Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), announced leadership changes to the U.S. Corporate Division on Oct. 12. Casey Ishii will assume the role of president and CEO. Ken Hori has been named senior vice-president and CFO, and Brad Murphy has been appointed executive vice-president and COO.
In his new position, Ishii will oversee U.S. operations at the company’s headquarters in Lake Zurich, Ill. A 30-plus-year veteran of FHI, Ishii began as a design engineer with the Industrial Products division and has held various management roles in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, marketing, planning and sales. Most recently, he held the position of vice-president of the Industrial Products division at FHI.
Ishii is taking on the position previously held by the late Jay Peck, who was president of the company for the past 15 years. “Jay Peck was an amazing president and leader who established a vision and direction for this company,” said Ishii. “I am committed to building on his legacy, and seeing that we continue to raise the bar in innovation and design, and exceed customer expectations.”
As senior vice-president and CFO, Hori’s chief duty will be leading the engineering department. He will also be responsible for both the accounting and administrative departments. Hori has worked with FHI and Subaru for more than 25 years, holding various positions in the areas of engineering, manufacturing and sales. Most recently, Hori held the position of department manager for FHI and was responsible for Subaru engine sales in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In assuming his new position, Hori is especially looking forward to working with the OEMs and engineers to continue the development of technologically advanced engines and power products.
“Subaru has always set a high standard in terms of the level of technology we incorporate into our products,” he said. “I’ve spent many years in the engineering department with Subaru, and I’m thrilled to now be leading this area to ensure we continue to deliver cutting-edge innovation for our customers.”
In his new role as executive vice-president and COO, Murphy will be in charge of customer service, operations, sales and IT. Prior to his new appointment, Murphy held the position of vice-president of sales and marketing for the Industrial Power Products division for 10 years. Murphy has been with the company for more than 15 years, and his experience working with customers and building relationships will ensure continued, strong support and service for OEMs, dealers and other partners.
“The strength of Subaru has always been in our innovation and quality, but equally focused on providing the highest in customer service and support,” he said. “In my years with Subaru, I’ve worked to develop a deep understanding of what our customers need, and am committed to upholding expectations on both sides.”
Murphy also gave further insight into this continued, elevated level of service, saying, “We will soon be announcing details of a new expansion and enhanced dealer support.”