Kubota North America has made some leadership changes following the Kubota Corporation (KBT) Board of Directors meeting held in Osaka, Japan, with several appointments including Mr. Nobuyuki Ishii as CEO of Kubota North America (KNA) and Senior Managing Executive Officer of KBT and Todd Stucke as president of Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) and executive officer of KBT, effective January 1, 2024. Both appointments succeed Mr. Shingo Hanada, who will be promoted to director and senior managing executive officer returning to Kubota Corporation in Japan.
Mr. Ishii, a 40-year Kubota employee, will succeed Mr. Hanada and will also take on the role of KTC chairman, providing support to Stucke as the new president of KTC. Mr. Ishii has held various roles at Kubota, including president of Kubota Europe until 2016. He also previously worked in the U.S. as VP of Kubota Engine of America from 2003 to 2008. In his current role as general manager of farm and industrial machinery strategy and operations in Japan, he supervises Kubota's entire overseas operations.
"Over the past few years, under Mr. Hanada's leadership, Kubota has successfully built our North America regional function," said Mr. Ishii, newly appointed CEO of KNA. "The market contributes significantly to Kubota's overall business and remains an integral part of our vision to provide solutions to address global issues related to food, water, and the environment."
Kubota North America is comprised of Kubota Tractor Corporation, Kubota Credit Corporation, Kubota Canada Ltd., and Kubota Engine of America.
"Kubota is constantly evolving, and we remain committed to the growth mindset we have adopted, working together toward our 2030 vision which is to become a major brand globally," said Todd Stucke, newly appointed president of Kubota Tractor Corporation.
A 35-year industry veteran with experience in both equipment and agriculture, Stucke is currently the vice chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and will become chairman of the board in 2024. He has previously served two terms as treasurer of the AEM Board, as well as the ag sector board chair in 2020.
Additionally, Brian Arnold, current president of Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) and VP of KNA, has been appointed as an executive officer of KBT and will take on the role of head of manufacturing for KNA. He succeeds Mr. Takanobu Azuma, executive vice president of KNA, who is being promoted to managing executive officer of KBT and will return to Japan. Arnold was the first American to serve as KMA president since the company established manufacturing in Northeast Georgia in 1988. Arnold joined KMA in 1995 and will maintain his dual role as KMA president in addition to his newly appointed role for KNA.
"We are committed to growing and enhancing our manufacturing footprint to expand our product lines and infrastructure to better meet the needs of our customers and dealers," said Brian Arnold, newly appointed head of manufacturing at KNA. "We are advancing our manufacturing with more automation and sustainable solutions than ever before – it's what we do, and it will continue to drive how our teams make decisions about our products in order to provide more solutions to our North America dealers and customers."