New CEO & President at MMNZ

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) has announced a changing of the guard at its highest level, with the replacement of Tomoki Yanagawa as CEO & President by current Chief Operating Officer Warren Brown.

Mr Yanagawa returns to MMC head office in Tokyo to assume the position of Division General Manager, America & Oceania Division – as of 15 October. Mr Brown, the new incumbent in the top position at MMNZ, brings a wealth of experience amassed over 22 years with the company.

Having started as Marketing Coordinator in 1987, Mr Brown progressed to Senior Marketing Coordinator, Business Development Manager, National Fleet Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, General Manager of Sales and Marketing, Company Director and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Yanagawa, who oversaw a continuation of sustained growth during his tenure, said he leaves his role with “the utmost confidence in my successor’s capability and vision in securing the continued success of Mitsubishi in New Zealand”.

“Warren has been instrumental in helping to lead the company through eight years of consecutive growth and is backed by an exceptionally strong management team, who between them continue to drive the company forward to bigger and better things,” said Mr Yanagawa.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with this motivated and passionate group of individuals. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in New Zealand and, having travelled to each of our 56 dealers across the country during the past 18 months, I strongly believe that the Mitsubishi business in New Zealand has great potential for further growth.”

Mr Brown shared his predecessor’s confidence for the future and paid tribute to his influence throughout the company. 

“Yanagawa-san arrived at a time when MMNZ was enjoying some excellent results, but was still a work in progress,” said Mr Brown. “The fresh insight and assured leadership that he delivered has helped take us to the next level. We know there is room for improvement and we know where we need and want to get to. We have a very clear set of goals in place and, just as importantly, the drive and commitment required to achieve them.”