Effective April 8, 2020, Mr. Lester A. Kraska, stepped down as President of Kuriyama of America, Inc. with Mr. Brian Dutton, assuming the role and responsibilities as President.
Kuriyama extends its appreciation and sincere thanks to Mr. Kraska who has served as President since 2008. For the near term, Mr. Kraska will continue working for Kuriyama as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Dutton has had vast experience and exposure to all facets of the Kuriyama organization. During his 18-year career with Kuriyama, Mr. Dutton has previously held the positions of Hydraulic Product Manager, General Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing and Vice President and General Manager. Prior to joining Kuriyama, he had 10 years of sales, sales management, operations management and product management in the industrial rubber markets as well as the fluid power and power transmission markets.