FRD Appoints Michael Sato as President

May 21, 2019

Furukawa Rock Drill (FRD) has named Manabu “Michael” Sato as president following the retirement of Jeff Crane. Crane served FRD USA for more than 45 years, and will remain a senior advisor to FRD, reporting to Sato.

Sato has worked for FRD since 1990 in a variety of positions, and served their executive VP from 2009 to 2015. Crane began his career with the company in 1974, when he worked as a draftsman.

“Jeff has been an integral part of FRD.USA’s success, helping us to become one of the industry’s leading rock drill and attachment manufacturers,” Sato said in a press release. “We are thankful that he will stay on to serve as a senior advisor, as he has a wealth of knowledge to offer.”

Source: FRD