26 October 2017


Kuala Lumpur, 26 October 2017 – Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (IMSB) has recently appointed Koji Nakamura as it’s new Chief Executive Officer. He will be overseeing all operational aspects, including sales, after sales and finance.

Revealing the appointment, the exiting CEO, Kenji Matsuoka, said, “Koji Nakamura has years of extensive experience, which include strategic planning, sales and operations, in addition to helming diverse leadership roles in the competitive automotive industry. I am delighted that I will be passing over the reins to someone with such excellent attitude, high optimism and fresh perspective to lead this organisation”.

Kenji Matsuoka has held the position of CEO since 2015. During his term, Isuzu Malaysia saw great improvements, from previously being ranked at No. 7, to No. 6 in Malaysia’s top automotive company by volume. Under his direction, Isuzu successfully maintained it’s position as the No. 1 preferred truck brand in Malaysia. The Isuzu D-Max’s market share also saw a positive improvement of 3.8%, from 10.9% to 14.7%, in the past year.

“Throughout my tenure at Isuzu Malaysia, the company has experienced immense growth for which I am tremendously proud of”, Matsuoka said.

The dynamics of the current Malaysian automotive market is set to pose a welcome challenge for Koji Nakamura. Recently, Isuzu Malaysia boldly introduced their flagship Isuzu Service Center located at Shah Alam, despite the market’s challenging conditions of late.

“There are always opportunities to grow the business in any economic climate. I believe that my team is capable in realising our vision and subsequent growth in the coming years. My task at hand is to focus on improving our operational best practices, as well as intensifying vehicle sales”, he added.

Nakamura’s vast experience spans more than 25 years, which also includes a leading management role in Isuzu Asia Pacific. Furthermore, he has extensive knowledge and understanding in managing various different markets, especially in running large automotive markets such as India and Thailand.

Aiding him will be Mikio Tsukui, COO for Commercial Vehicle Division, and also Masayuki Suzuki, COO for Light Commercial Vehicle Division.

“I am very excited to take up this new challenge. I have been privileged to manage automotive business units on a global scale, and I will do my very best to bring Isuzu Malaysia to the next level in the local automotive industry”, he said.

For more details on Isuzu and it’s products range, please call 1-300-88-1133 or visit www.isuzu.net.my.