IRVINE, Calif. — Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. promoted six members of its national sales staff this month, including one elevated to regional sales director and four new senior district managers. One existing senior district manager was also given responsibilities in a newly created position.
The announcements, made by President Tak Teranishi, were effective April 1 and involve each of Kawasaki’s regional offices.
Peter Wilson, a 20-year Kawasaki veteran from Tabernacle, N.J., has taken over the position of regional sales director in the East Region. Wilson assumes the title that had been held by Bill Jenkins, the company’s vice president, sales. Jenkins managed the regional sales effort while simultaneously heading the national organization and is now devoting full-time efforts to Kawasaki’s overall sales growth.
The sales team members who have been made senior district managers will have responsibility for assisting the regional sales directors as a communications liaison with dealers and district managers. Each of them will also be assigned special projects with an emphasis on increasing Kawasaki brand awareness, as well as retail sales, according to Kawasaki.
The East Region’s new senior district manager is John Rathyen. Rathyen, who lives in Jackson, N.J., has been with Kawasaki since 2002, following a lengthy career in powersports retail sales.
Gary Langston, who started his career with Kawasaki’s Central Region sales team in 1977, and is one of the company’s longest-serving employees, assumes the senior district manager position for that area.
The South Region’s new senior district manager is Chris Morton, a resident of Winter Garden, Fla., and a Kawasaki employee since 2006.
Richard Perrin, Roseville, Calif., who joined Kawasaki in 2008, has been promoted to the senior district manager position for the company’s West Region.
Mark Hosbach, formerly a senior district manager in the South Region, assumes a newly created position as senior manager, 4-wheel market and sales development.