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Ben Speciale Becomes President of Yamaha Marine Group

Posted 5/6/2010


KENNESAW, Ga., May 6, 2010 — Yamaha Marine Group announced today Ben Speciale has assumed the role of President of Yamaha Marine Group, a division of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A   Previously, Speciale held the role of Vice President, Operations and Planning.

As President, Speciale will direct the Marine Group, including all U.S.-based marine activities and subsidiaries. He will oversee Yamaha’s boat companies and subsidiaries, including Skeeter® Products, maker of bass boats, G3®, Boats, maker of aluminum fishing boats and Precision Propeller Industries, Inc. Yamaha has approximately 2,000 marine dealers and is an OEM engine supplier to 120 independent boat brands in the U.S.

Speciale joined Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. in 1987 with Yamaha Marine Parts and Accessories. Over the years at Yamaha Marine Group, Speciale held positions in marketing, promotions and strategic planning. He was promoted to Vice President, Operations and Planning at Yamaha Marine Group in 2005.

During Speciale’s tenure as Vice President of Yamaha Marine Group, the outboards received a number of design and innovation awards from the marine industry and national media. Speciale was also instrumental in redesigning the company’s supply chain and growing business with independent boat builders. 

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and OEM partners with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit


Contact: Martin Peters 
Manager, Communications 
Yamaha Marine Group 
(770) 420-5829



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