Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A President Masafumi Nakagawa plans to retire in April.

Yoshitaka “Yoshi” Tamura will succeed Nakagawa, who joined the parent company Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. in 1977 and transferred to the Irvine-based distributor of ATVs, motorcycles and personal watercraft in 2014.

Tamura served as director of Kawasaki Motors Europe and most recently as associate officer for marketing and sales for Kawasaki Motorcycle and Engine Co., another subsidiary of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and the direct parent of Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A.

“Yoshi brings a wealth of experience in the powersports industry to his new position,” Nakagawa said in a statement. “I am confident he will continue to lead [Kawasaki Motors] to greater heights.”