Our leaders come from very different backgrounds, but it's what they share that matters most. Their passion for sports and their desire to help athletes perform their best carry on the vision of Mizuno founder Rihachi Mizuno.
President, Mizuno USA
Chairman of the Board, Mizuno Canada Ltd.
Bob Puccini's passion for sports has transcended across his professional career. Bob joined Mizuno USA in August 1995 as vice president and general manager of Mizuno’s diamond, athletic footwear and apparel and South America businesses. Just over a year later in October 1996, Bob was appointed President of Mizuno USA to oversee all operations in both the United States and South America. Subsequently, in 2002, he was appointed Chairman of Mizuno Canada Ltd. expanding his responsibilities to all Mizuno activities in the Western Hemisphere. In 2006, Bob was elected to the Board of Directors of Mizuno Corporation, Mizuno USA’s publicly traded parent company based in Osaka, Japan. Since that time, his leadership has resulted in increasing growth for Mizuno USA across all sports categories.
Vice President/General Manager of the Mizuno Diamond Division
Richard “Dick” Grapenthin has played baseball in the major leagues, coached at the college level, and has spent his life dedicated to his passion for sports. He began his career with MizunoUSA in 2000 as Director of Marketing and led the development and growth of Mizuno Diamond products across all categories. In 2005, Grapenthin became Vice President/General Manager of the Mizuno Diamond Division and is responsible for leading the organization across all product lines and categories including Baseball, Fastpitch Softball, Slowpitch Softball, and Volleyball.
Vice President and General Manager of the Golf Division
Dick has 28 years of experience in the golf industry and has worked with some of the greatest players in the game. Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Luke Donald are just a few of the names that he has collaborated with, in one form or another, since his golf career began. Dick joined the Mizuno USA team as Vice President and General Manager of the Golf Division in 2001, and has been an integral part of Mizuno’s continued success over the last decade.
Vice President/General Manager Mizuno Running Division
Fritz Taylor lives, breathes and eats running. During his 23 years working in the industry his experience has spanned footwear development, product marketing, and future concepts. Since 2008 he has been leading the Mizuno Running Team - the fastest growing brand in the industry.