FULLERTON, Calif.—Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has named Norio Karashima, a 28-year company veteran, the top executive at its Yokohama Tire Corp. subsidiary.
Karashima will succeed Koji Ikawa, 63, in the newly created position of corporate officer of the parent company and president of the U.S. firm. The move needs final approval at the firm´s general shareholders meeting. Ikawa will remain in the U.S. as chairman of Fullerton-based Yokohama Tire.
Ikawa, a veteran of 40 years with Yokohama, was part of the team that helped establish the tire maker´s presence in the U.S. in 1969. Karashima, 51, joined Yokohama in 1976. He most recently was general manager of the original equipment tire planning department.