Mazda appoints Hajime Seikaku

Hajime Seikaku is the new vice president of Mazda’s European research and development centre effective 1 October 2018.

The 53-year-old comes to the Oberursel, Germany facility from Mazda’s vehicle development division in Japan.

Prior to that, he served in various vehicle and parts development capacities for both Mazda and Ford in Europe and Japan. Hajime first joined Mazda in 1987 after graduating in electrical engineering at Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo.

‘Mr. Seikaku brings a wealth of vehicle development expertise and knows the requirements and preferences of European market and its customers very well,’ said Mazda Motor Europe president and CEO Jeff Guyton. ‘We’re delighted to have someone join us with such an invaluable level of experience after more than 30 years at Mazda.’

Hajime succeeds Matsuhiro Tanaka, 57, who has held the position since September 2016. Tanaka is returning to Japan, where he will assume the role of general manager chassis dynamics development department.