As Kubota Tractor Corporation continues to enter new markets and experience steady growth in the United States, it announced February 5 that it is expanding the roles of several of its senior leaders. The changes are effective immediately and reflect the company’s vision of strategic, customer-focused product and market expansion.
“We have big goals and big plans that will require all members of our company to take on even bigger responsibilities,” said Mr. Masato Yoshikawa, president and CEO, Kubota Tractor Corporation. “With that, it is critical that we have strong senior leaders in place to guide the company vision.”
Leading the company’s national product and operations strategy is Todd Stucke, who has been named vice president, sales, marketing & product support. In this expanded role, Stucke will take on responsibility for each of the company’s product segments, including ag and turf equipment, utility vehicles, and construction equipment. He will also oversee their supporting operations, including responsibility for sales, marketing, service, national accounts, and dealer development. Stucke has vast experience in commercial agriculture, and noted, “I have gained an intimate understanding of customer needs for not only a reliable product, but for responsive product and dealer support, as well.” He added, “I fully intend to lead each of these business areas with this customer-centered thinking.”
Overseeing the company’s division operations is Alex Woods, who has been promoted from Southeast Division manager to vice president, divisional operations. “I have spent the majority of my career in the equipment industry working closely with dealers,” said Woods. With regard to his aim of streamlining operations across all four of Kubota’s divisions in the U.S., he added, “I plan to use that experience to further enhance our division operations so that we can become even better at supporting our dealers.” Woods will also continue to manage Kubota’s Southeast Division on an interim basis.
Assuming responsibility for Kubota’s personnel, administration and legal functions as vice president, human resources, legal & administration is Dan Jones. Having previously served as senior director of human resources for Kubota, Jones was promoted to this newly created role to maintain oversight of the company’s risk management and compliance matters. With an extensive background in both operations and human resources for large companies, Jones recognizes the importance of carefully managing risk. “We have a talented team of legal and compliance experts already on staff,” explained Jones. “Our intent now is to centralize and streamline our procedures for the benefit of our employees, dealers, stakeholders, and for the good of the company, overall.”
“I am confident that we have the right people for the job,” said Yoshikawa. “I believe that these experienced members of our leadership team will successfully carry out Kubota’s ‘New Era’ strategy and will lead our team into an era of excellence, where employees, dealers, and customers alike will enjoy the rewards.”