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NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) names new president, CEO

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 07:00
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NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) announces the appointment of Yoshitaka Narita, a managing officer of NGK Spark Plugs Co., LTD., to the position of president and chief executive officer of NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc.

Narita returns to NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.) with a wealth of experience serving in different capacities in the U.S. and overseas. In 1992, he worked in Australia, he then served as general manager of finance and administration at NGK Spark Plug Europe GmbH for eight years and as chief financial officer of NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. for six years.

Narita most recently served as corporate officer, corporate administration group and also general manager of finance and accounting at NGK Spark Plug Co., LTD. in Japan, where his career began in 1982.

“I am happy to join the management team at NGK Spark Plugs (U.S.A.), Inc. as we go forward with a new phase of our business plan,” said Narita. “Our hope is to strengthen our customer relations and achieve the enhancement of our mutual success and prosperity. NGK Spark Plug CO., LTD. and its global affiliated companies have been working very hard to serve and meet all customers’ demands and expectations under its trustful brand names of NGK Spark Plugs and NTK Oxygen Sensors. We are excited to celebrate 50 years of NGK Spark Plugs doing business in the United States together with all of our customers.”

NGK manufactures NGK Spark Plugs and NTK Oxygen Sensors for virtually every automotive manufacturer in the world. In addition to serving OE automotive and aftermarket customers, NGK also produces spark plugs for motorcycle, power sports, marine and small engine manufacturers. NGK also offers complementary product lines including resistor caps, spark plug wires, and high performance cables. 

In North America, NGK is headquartered in Wixom, Mich., and maintains manufacturing, inventory, and distribution facilities in Irvine, Calif., Sissonville, W. Va. and Chicago.

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