Takeshi (Tad) Yamamoto was named to the position of Chairman and CEO effective July 1, 2009, after serving as Executive Vice President and Operating Officer for Okuma America Corporation. He began work with Okuma Corporation (Japan) as a Manufacturing Engineer in 1982 after graduating from Waseda University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He worked with Okuma America Corporation in operations planning from February 1994 to July 2002 and then returned to Okuma Japan, serving in a variety of roles, including Plant Manager of the Kani manufacturing facility. He currently serves as the Executive Director on of the Board of Directors for Okuma Corporation (Japan), a position to which he was named in 2011.