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Executive Change at Mazda Motor Europe

Leverkusen - Mazda Motor Corporation announced that James Muir, Vice President for Sales, has been appointed President and CEO of Mazda Motor Europe. Mr. Muir replaces Dan Morris, who has lead the company since May 2003 and is moving to corporate headquarters in Japan where, subject to shareholder approval on 24th June 2005, he will replace Stephen Odell as Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer in charge of Marketing, Sales and Customer Service.

James Muir, Vice President for Sales

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James Muir, 46, joined Mazda as Managing Director in the UK in 2001 after holding various management positions for the Ford Motor Company. He oversaw the founding of Mazda Motor UK Ltd., which doubled its sales volume during his tenure. In June 2003, he was appointed Vice President of Sales at Mazda Motor Europe. In this capacity, he has strengthened the European sales network and managed the creation of four new national sales companies-in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Russia. Mr. Muir's successor will be named at a later date.

(April 28, 2005)


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