Hoshino USA Inc has named Shogo Hayashi its new president, effective April 15. He succeeds Bill Reim, who will now serve Hoshino USA as its CEO (hopefully while maintaining that cool Billy Idol-meets-Johnny-Rotten hairstyle).
Hayashi began his career as with Hoshino Japan as a sales rep for the Tokyo metro area Sales Representative in the Tokyo metro area, but he was quickly promoted to Assistant Manager of Product Planning, working with the company’s Ibanez and Tama brands, as well as handling Japanese artist relations. He shifted to the USA in 2002 as Electric Guitar and Bass Guitar Product Manager of Hoshino USA, and by 2008 was Vice President.
“For many at Hoshino, including myself, we regard the United States as a home away from home,” Hayashi says. “I consider it a privilege to be able to serve both Hoshino USA Inc. and the many American musicians who have become fans of our products.”
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