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Sumner Named to Lead Yamaha’s U.S. Arm

A 30-year veteran of the company, Sumner succeeds Hitoshi Fukutome.

Buena Park, CA (March 2, 2018)—Marking the first time that Yamaha has appointed an American executive to the top position in the United States, Tom Sumner has been named President of Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) effective April 1, 2018.

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In his new role, Mr. Sumner will lead Yamaha operations in the United States and oversee the Americas. He is a 30-year veteran of YCA and most recently served as senior vice president since June 2008. For nearly 10 years, he has led or co-led sales and marketing including the in-house creative agency—the Customer Experience Group—Corporate Marketing, Artist Relations and End-User Support. The Professional Audio division, as well as the Keyboard, AV and Car Parts divisions, also reported to him.

Sumner succeeds Hitoshi Fukutome, president of YCA since March 2013, who will return to Yamaha in Japan as its new senior general manager of Asia-Pacific Sales. “It has been my deep privilege and honor to lead YCA for the past five years, and I am extremely grateful to our exceptional team for their support and dedication,” said Mr. Fukutome. “I am particularly proud of our company’s business performance during my tenure, and I know that Tom will bring continued success to YCA.”

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Sumner joined Yamaha in 1988 as national account manager for the Consumer Products division, where he’s held a variety of roles over the years. During that time, he also earned an MBA from Pepperdine University in 2003, and is currently a member of NAMM’s Board of Directors and CTA’s Audio Board.

“I am so humbled by the opportunity to lead the talented YCA team here in the United States,” said Sumner. “Hitoshi has set a high standard of excellence, and I look forward to building upon his success and strengthening our team and our brand, our dealer base and our focus on, and dedication to, our customers.”

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