Detroit, Michigan – Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, has been named the 2009 Automotive Executive of the Year. He is also Managing Executive Officer of Mazda Motor Corporation.

The award recognizes excellence in automotive leadership and is selected by a nominating committee comprised of automotive industry media, various industry analysts, and automotive supplier CEOs. Past winners include Carroll Shelby, Henry Ford II, Bill Ford Jr., Jim Press, Roger Smith, Lee Iacocca, John DeLorean, and former Mazda Motor Corporation president Kenichi Yamamoto.

“As a native Detroiter with a strong background in the actual sales process, coupled with a lean inventory, a solid partnership with JP Morgan Chase, and a great market offering in the Mazda3, Jim is the ideal candidate for the 2009 Automotive Executive of the Year,” said Robert Djurovic, executive director of the award program.

O’Sullivan, who was appointed president and CEO in April 2003, is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s U.S., Canadian, Mexican and Puerto Rican operations, including sales, marketing, parts and service, logistics, communications, customer support, and regional operations.

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