Mazda announces new European R&D Vice President

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.

Hajime Seikaku, Vice President Mazda Motor Europe GmbH, General Manager Mazda European R&D Centre

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.

Hajime Seikaku

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

Nationality Japanese
Born December 26, 1964




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