Takashi Ishida has been named as the new president and chief executive officer of Kobelco Construction Machinery Company of Japan.

He takes over in June, subject to the formal approval of a shareholder meeting.

Ishida is currently an executive officer of Kobelco’s parent company Kobe Steel.

Current Kobelco president Tsuguto Moriwaki has been appointed executive vice president and representative director of Kobe Steel.

Takashi Ishida is aged 59. He joined the welding division of Kobe Steel in 1966 on graduating from the Faculty of Economics at Kyoto University in 1966.

After a stint in human resources, he worked in wire rod sales and was promoted to manager in 1979.

In 1983 Ishida became the secretary to the president. In 1988 he was promoted to deputy general manager of the corporate planning department and then general manager the following year.

He was made a director of Kobe Steel in 1992 with responsibility for corporate planning. The following year, 1993, he became deputy general manager of the steel sales group in the Iron & Steel Division, where he was responsible for sales planning and administration, and steel product sales.

He was named a managing director of Kobe Steel in 1996.

In 1999 Ishida was appointed vice president of the Urban Infrastructure Company and became an executive officer of Kobe Steel. In 2000 he was named vice president of the Infrastructure and Plant Engineering Company in charge of the energy and plant businesses in the engineering field. He was also made an executive officer of Kobe Steel.