SIA announces new president and CEO

Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI File Photo)
Subaru Indiana Automotive plant in Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI File Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Subaru of Indiana Automotive welcomes a new president and chief executive officer. 

According to SIA, its parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., has announced that SIA’s current President and CEO Masaki Okawara has returned to Japan to become the Chief General Manager of Subaru Manufacturing Division and Subaru’s Gunma Plant. Okawara was also promoted to Corporate Senior Vice President of Fuji Heavy Industries.

SIA welcomes new President and CEO, Toshiaki Tamegai, who was recently promoted to Corporate Vice President for FHI. Tamegai joined the company as an engineer in 1983. From 1989 to 1993, he was assigned to SIA as an engineer in Manufacturing Engineering and was one of the startup members of SIA.

Since his return to FHI, Tamegai has had several positions over the past nine years, including GM of First Manufacturing Division, Production Engineering GM of First Manufacturing Engineering Division, GM of Manufacturing Engineering Division, and Senior GM of Subaru Manufacturing Division.

SIA officials said under Tamegai’s direction, SIA will work to continue the excellent quality ratings for the Subaru Legacy and Outback while maintaining SIA’s industry leadership in workplace safety and environmental stewardship. In addition, SIA will be preparing for the start of Subaru Impreza production in 2016. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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