Hitachi Capital approved the following personnel changes for Hitachi Capital America (HCA), Hitachi Capital Canada (HCC) and Canadian Leasing Enterprises (CLE) segments

Yoshiyuki “Jimmy” Kume, CEO and board director will be retiring from HCA & HCC but will remain at HCA until June 2015. As CEO of HCA since April 2008, Kume has been instrumental in successfully guiding the company through the “financial crisis of 2008 and 2009” and refocusing its growth on International expansion, initially into Canada.

Chihiro “Chris” Shirai, currently executive officer, co-head of International business for Hitachi Capital, residing in London, will move to the U.S. and assume the roles of chairman, CEO and board director of HCA in addition to his other International responsibilities for Europe. Shirai will also become a director of HCC and CLE.

William H. “Bill” Besgen, president, COO and director of HCA will be promoted to vice chairman of HCA’s board of directors reporting to Chris Shirai and will continue to serve as president, CEO and board director of HCC and board director for CLE. Besgen has been with HCA since its founding in the U.S. 25 years ago, starting as EVP and COO before being promoted to president, COO and director of the company in 2004. Prior to joining HCA, he held senior management positions with Citicorp in both its Direct and Vendor Equipment Finance and Leasing business.

Ryan Collison will be promoted to president, COO and board director of HCA and will continue to be EVP & COO of HCC. Collison joined HCA as SVP, chief technology officer in 2005 and in 2009 was promoted to SVP, chief credit officer. Prior to joining HCA, Ryan held senior management positions with GE Capital for 25 years in its Business Development and IT business.

Luc Robitaille will become a board director for HCC & CLE. Robitaille is the President of CLE, a company based in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec & Burlington, Ontario, Canada. HCA acquired CLE in May 2014.

Robert “Bob” Otto will become President of HCA’s Automotive Finance Division, will be promoted to EVP of HCA and will continue to be an EVP of HCC. Otto has been with HCA for the past 14 years and was responsible for developing its Automotive Finance business to what it is today, serving over 2,500 dealers nationwide and in Canada and having strong relationships with some of the major truck manufacturers, including Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Hino. Prior to joining HCA, Otto had over 26 years’ experience with major U.S. truck manufacturers including 16 years with General Motors Corp.

Terry Hatfield will be promoted to EVP of HCA. In addition to continuing to be CFO of HCA, her responsibilities will be expanded to include managing H.R. and IT functions for the company. Hatfield will also continue to be an EVP of HCC. Hatfield started her career with HCA as a trainee in 1991 and gained her CPA while working there. She has held positions of increased responsibility, not only in the accounting and finance area, but also in the IT area of the company.

According to Bill Besgen, “These appointments will position Hitachi Capital America Corp. in the future for continued long-term expansion growth in the Americas, initially via its automotive vendor relationships and thereafter with Hitachi’s globally established manufacturing companies.”

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