Kawasaki announces promotion

The Engines Division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced on April 2 the promotion of Timothy J. Malinowski to the position of director, national OEM sales & product development. Malinowski, who joined Kawasaki in 1998 and has held several sales positions at the company, most recently held the title of senior sales manager-OEM sales.

The new position will entail greater management responsibility over the OEM sales team at the growing engines division. Malinowski will relinquish direct, day-to-day account requirements, while broadening the scope of his oversight to include the functions of government relations and product development. The managers of each of these departments will now report to Malinowski.

Charged with maintenance and growth of Kawasaki’s OEM business, Malinowski will continue his close association with the numerous brands working with the company, as well as develop and implement strategies toward the acquisition of new business in sectors identified for future expansion.

Malinowski will also assume primary liaison responsibilities with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. during the product development stages. In addition, he will be responsible for leading the collaborative effort amongst relevant Kawasaki departments during the process of product launch, marketing, and retail sales activities.

“I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities and challenges during my time at Kawasaki,” he said. “This new position offers me a chance to continue the relationships I’ve built, both internally and with the OEM community, while at the same time reaching out to help the company continue its phenomenal growth curve.”

Malinowski received a B.A. from Michigan State University and a Master’s of Management from Aquinas College.

Kawasaki currently markets more than 40 general-purpose engines, most of which are produced by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A. in its Maryville, Mo.-based facility which has turned out in excess of eight million units.

Kawasaki Engines, a division of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., distributes gasoline engines for landscape, industrial, and consumer markets. The division is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich. It sells to and services customers through a network of more than 40 OEMs; 15 distributors; and more than 7,500 independent dealers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, select countries in Central and South America, and the U.S. Trust Territories of the Pacific, including Guam.

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