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Okada named president and CEO of Makita USA

By Stephen Elliott

September 24, 2023

Sean OkadaSean Okada has been named president and CEO of Makita USA, La Mirada, Calif. He comes to the U.S. after seven years as president of Makita Australia. He also held leadership positions at Makita United Kingdom and Makita Gulf in Dubai.

“We are pleased to welcome Sean Okada to Makita USA,” said Rich Chapman, senior executive vice president of sales, Makita USA. “His extensive experience and strategic approach to business make him the ideal leader to take the company into its next chapter of growth and innovation.”

As the new president, Okada will drive the company’s strategic initiatives, foster innovation and expand market presence while upholding Makita’s commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, the company said.

Key initiatives include an accelerated expansion of the 40V/80V max XGT® System of equipment and tools. In the accessory category, Makita will offer more premium solutions including new Impact XPS® insert bits and fastening accessories with patented torsion-zone technology for best-in-class performance. Okada will also focus on the company’s highest standards in distribution, training and after-sales service.

“I am honored to join Makita here in the United States, the most competitive power tool market in the world,” said Okada. “I look forward to building upon the foundation of success established by my predecessor, Terry Nozawa, and working closely with our talented team to exceed the expectations of our dealer partners and end users.”