Mitsubishi hires J. Scott Knoy as new vice president

J. Scott Knoy

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America hired J. Scott Knoy as vice president of sales for the Wixom, Michigan-based Machine Tool Division.

Knoy will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue, strategic planning and marketing, as well as management responsibilities. He has 26 years of experience in the gear machine and tooling industry. His career includes 12 years with the Gleason-Pfauter organization working as a regional sales manager in both the tooling and machinery sales groups and 14 years with GMTA (American-Wera) where he served as the vice president of sales, vice president, and president.

“Scott has an impressive background in sales and executive management within the gear machine industry,” said Atsuhiro Kawaguchi, general manager of the Mitsubishi Machine Tool Division. “Scott will aggressively lead our sales team and I believe with his leadership we will overcome this unforeseen market condition.”

Knoy has an MBA from Lawrence Technological University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He served as a combat engineering officer in the U.S. Army Reserve for 10 years.

Knoy will be replacing long-standing Senior Vice President Tom Kelly. Kelly began his career in the machine tool business in 1987 when he started selling Mitsubishi Machine Tools for a local dealer. Two years later, he joined Mitsubishi International Corporation (the importer for MHI). After more than ten years of local success, he approached Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America with a proposal to eliminate the existing dealer network and take over all sales and service responsibilities for North America. Kelly will retire at the end of December.