Mr Hashiba replaces outgoing MD, Mr Ted Mori, who recently returned home to Japan after almost 7 years of loyal service to the brand in Australia.
Ken Hashiba enters his new role as Kawasaki Motors Australia Managing Director with many years of managerial experience both in Japan and abroad. Mr Hashiba was the Executive Administrator at Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc. for 5 years before taking on the role of Sales Manager for USA, Canada and Australia within the Motorcycle and Engine Company at Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Japan.
Mr Hashiba is very pleased to begin his new role in Australia, effective immediately, saying, “I’m here to make customers happy. That’s my main goal.”
“It’s an honour for me to be in Australia, especially because I’m a big Mad Max fan plus the people are very friendly here. Australia is very tolerant of people like myself that speak English as a second language so I feel very comfortable. This is my first time in Australia and I’m already a fan.”
Ken Hashiba is a motorcycle enthusiast, both road and offroad, with a particular affection for the 1984 Kawasaki Ninja GPZ900R A1 which he still owns in Japan. Mr Hashiba is looking forward to meeting the Australian motorcycle community at upcoming launches and events.