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Management

Management


Yutaka Kuroda

As General Manager, Yutaka Kuroda has been responsible for the Europe/Africa Region since March 2016. The chemistry graduate held a succession of top positions in technical departments at Sumitomo Rubber Industries for many years, and is a leading expert in cutting-edge tyre production technologies. Yutaka Kuroda also holds the positions of Senior Executive Officer and Managing Director of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.

MITSUTERU TANIGAWA

Having started his new role in January 2018, Mitsuteru Tanigawa leads Falken's expanding European operations. He joined Sumitomo Rubber Industries in 1980 after achieving a Bachelor of Commerce and Management degree at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, and has developed extensive knowledge of the rubber industry with particular expertise in tyres. Alongside growing the OE business for the Falken brand, the passionate amateur golfer will oversee the expansion of Falken's distribution network.

MARKUS BÖGNER

Markus Bögner was appointed Managing Director of Falken Tyre Europe GmbH in January 2016. He is highly valued within the company for his outstanding in-depth familiarity with the European market and is an excellent intercultural mediator. Markus Bögner is responsible for Marketing and Sales at Falken. He joined the company in 2009 and served as Sales Director Europe before becoming Managing Director.

SHINGO SAKASHITA

Shingo Sakashita has been Finance Director and member of the management team at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH since January 2015. He was previously Manager International Business Development & Administration Department at Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Accounting and Administration Manager in Japan, the USA and various locations in Europe, and can thus boast a wealth of experience that is an enormous asset to the company.