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Suzuki appoints Kenichiro Toyofuku, a seasoned bureaucrat, on Maruti board

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd — country’s largest passenger vehicle manufacturer — on Wednesday announced the appointment of Kenichiro Toyofuku, as the director of its corporate planning department and as a Wholetime Director on the board of company, for a period of three years starting December 5, 2019.

Mint on December 2, was the first to report on the recruitment of Toyofuku by Suzuki Motor Corporation and his likely appointment to the governing board of the Indian subsidiary.

During the board meeting on December 5, the directors also approved the resignation of Seiji Kobayashi from the board of the New Delhi based vehicle manufacturer.

According to a statement issued by the company on the Bombay Stock Exchange, it’s new director specialises in subjects like India – Japan relationship, regional and skill development and industrial policy.

Toyofuku was until recently the head of Japan Plus, formed to facilitate and fast-track Japanese investment proposals in India, and comprised officials from India’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade and Japan’s ministry of economy, trade and industry (METI).

His earlier role gave Toyofuku access to major ministries of the Indian government as well as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

He also worked with the World Bank before joining Suzuki Motor Corp.

Source: Livemint