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CAPE TOWN - Isuzu Motors South Africa announced a number of  leadership appointments in support of  the purchase of the Isuzu related assets from General Motors South Africa, effective January 2018 and subject to various regulatory approvals:

Haruyasu Tanishige, in addition to his current role of Senior Executive officer for the Sales Division of Isuzu Motors in Japan, will be appointed to the position of Chairman of Isuzu Motors South Africa. Tanashige will continue to be based in Tokyo at Isuzu's headquarters.

Michael Sacke, currently CFO for GM South Africa, will be appointed as Chief Operations Officer and CFO to assume responsibility for the transition of GM South Africa's operations to Isuzu Motors by year-end and also to ensure the integration of the Isuzu truck and light commercial businesses. Following this he will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Isuzu Motors South Africa.

"We are very excited about the appointment of Michael Sacke as he has had a long association with Isuzu Motors, including serving as Board Member of Isuzu Trucks South Africa for the past nine years," said Tanishige, "He will play a key role in ensuring the successful transition of the South African operations to the new Isuzu Motors South Africa business."

Other key appointments include the following:

The current Isuzu Trucks South Africa Managing Director, Hiroaki Sugawara, will we appointed to the position of Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Planning;
The current Isuzu Trucks South Africa Chief Operations Officer, Craig Uren, will be appointed to the position Executive Officer, Sales, Service and Marketing; and from Isuzu Motors Japan Mitsuteru Yageta will be appointed as Group CFO.

Tanishige said that South Africa was the first market outside of Japan where Isuzu had acquired a 100% ownership of manufacturing and distribution operations.  "We view South Africa as a key market for future growth and will be looking to maximise the benefits of integrating our light commercial and truck businesses together."


Other Isuzu Motors South Africa executive appointments will be announced in due course.