Tom Donnelly has been with Mazda North American Operations for the last 15 years.

Tom Donnelly has been with Mazda North American Operations for the last 15 years.

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Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) announced Tom Donnelly, currently senior vice president of retail operations, to be appointed president/CEO of MNAO.

Donnelly's appointment, along with several additional changes to MNAO's leadership team, will be effective April 1, 2023, according to the company's news release.

Jeff Guyton, currently MNAO's president/CEO, will become Mazda Motor Corporation's CFO and a representative director of the company based in Hiroshima, Japan, after its annual meeting of the shareholders in June 2023. He will retain oversight of operations in North America, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Colombia markets. Donnelly will report to Guyton.

"Tom has played a key role in the growth of MNAO over the last 15 years. He has greatly progressed the Mazda brand in the U.S. while also improving the overall business operations and relationships with our dealer network," said Guyton.

The news follows Mazda's announcement that Masahiro Moro, currently director and senior managing executive officer, will be appointed president/CEO. Prior to his current role, Moro served as chairman and CEO of North American Operations.

"The North American markets are crucial to Mazda's global success, and we have made significant investments to grow our business in the region," said Moro. "Jeff and Tom have been instrumental in delivering growth in the U.S. In Jeff's new role, he will continue to make significant contributions to MNAO while bringing new insights to Mazda globally."

The following additional MNAO executive changes will be effective April 1, 2023:

  • Ryuichi Umeshita continues his role as MNAO's EVP and assistant to the president and will now oversee Mazda's sales operations in Canada, Mexico, and Colombia, as well as manufacturing operations in the region
  • Theresa Barrera will become SVP of human resources.
  • Tim Manning will become SVP of retail operations overseeing U.S. vehicle sales, aftersales, and U.S. regional office operations.
  • Stefan Meisterfeld will become VP of strategic planning.
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