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Kubota Shuffles Executive Team

By Cameron Kerkau Associate Editor, SME Media
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Nobuyuki Ishii, a 40-year Kubota veteran, is the newly appointed CEO for Kubota North America effective Jan. 1, 2024, succeeding Shingo Hanada.
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Todd Stucke, newly promoted to president of Kubota Tractor Corporation effective Jan. 1, 2024, maintains his dual roles as executive officer for Kubota Corp. and senior vice president of technology for Kubota North America.

Kubota Corp. (KBT), the Japanese agricultural machinery company, has appointed Nobuyuki Ishii CEO of Kubota North America (KNA) and senior managing executive officer of KBT, the company announced today. This and several more significant leadership changes come after the KBT board of directors meeting held yesterday in Osaka.

Todd Stucke was named president of Kubota Tractor Corp. (KTC) and executive officer of KBT, effective in 2024. Both appointments succeed Shingo Hanada, who has been promoted to director and senior managing executive officer of KBT.

Ishii, a 40-year Kubota veteran, will succeed Hanada and also take on the role of KTC chairman. Ishii has held various roles in his career with Kubota, including vice president of Kubota Engine of America from 2003 to 2008 and president of Kubota Europe until 2016.

"Over the past few years, under Mr. Hanada's leadership, Kubota has successfully built our North America regional function," says Ishii. "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. I'm proud to continue the tremendous momentum Mr. Hanada was able to achieve in his tenure."

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Brian Arnold, newly promoted to vice president of manufacturing for Kubota North America effective Jan. 1, 2024, maintains his role as president of Kubota Manufacturing of America, based in Gainesville, Georgia.

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. Stucke will be the first American president of KTC in the company's more than a half-century history, the company says.

"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," says Stucke.

Additionally, the company announced Brian Arnold, current president of Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA) and vice president 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 Takanobu Azuma, executive vice president of KNA, who is being promoted to managing executive officer of KBT.
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