Yamaha Promotes Tom Sumner to President of America Operations

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Yamaha Corporation

Musical instrument maker Yamaha has named its first American executive to its top post in the United States. The Hamamamtsu, Japan-based company announced on Friday that Tom Sumner will take over as president of Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA), effective April 1. Sumner succeeds Hitoshi Fukutome, who has led YCA since March 2013 and will now return to company headquarters in Japan to head up Asia-Pacific Sales.

Sumner joined Yamaha in 1988 as an account manager, and over the past 30 years has worked his way up to senior vice president. For the last ten years he has led the sales and marketing divisions at the instrument maker. Last summer, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) named the Pepperdine grad to its board of directors.

"I am so humbled by the opportunity to lead the talented YCA team here in the United States," said Mr. 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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