Masafumi Kawabata, of Hino Motors Japan, has been appointed Senior Executive Co-Ordinator of Hino South Africa. He takes over from Yusonori Otani, who served in this position from February 2020 and is now returning to Japan.

He has been working for Hino since 2006, having started his career with North American businesses for 12 years, includes transferred to Hino Motors Sales U.S.A. for 6 years, where he was in the department responsible for Business Planning, Vehicle Sales, Demand & Supply, Pricing, and Aftermarket Parts Sales.

His next career was responsibility for the global product planning of Heavy Commercial Trucks in 2019 and his most recent position he was based in Japan as Project Manager for Extra Heavy Commercial Trucks and Buses in markets outside Japan.