Hajime Seikaku is the new Vice President of Mazda’s European Research & 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. Seikaku 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,” says Mazda Motor Europe President & 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.”
Seikaku 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.
At Mazda’s European Research & Development Centre in Oberursel, engineers are analysing new technologies as well as developing parts and accessories for the European market. It is also the base of one of Mazda’s three global design studios.
Vice President & General Manager
R&D Centre, Mazda Motor Europe
|October 2018||Vice President & General Manager R&D Centre, Mazda Motor Europe|
|April 2016||Interior & Exterior Components Development Department|
|September 2010||Seats & Occupant Protection System Development Group|
|August 2009||Trims Development Group|
|September 2008||Interior & Exterior Components Development|
|June 2006||Vehicle Development Department|
|April 2005||Vehicle Engineering Department, Mazda Motor Corporation|
|July 2003||Dispatched to Ford Motor Company, UK|
|August 2002||Dispatched to Mazda Automóviles Espana, Spain|
|April 2001||Dispatched to Ford Motor Company, UK|
|March 1987||Joined Mazda Motor Corporation, several positions in interior parts engineering|
|Education||1987: University degree in Electrical Engineering,
Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan
|Born||December 26, 1964