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Honda announces executive changes in North America

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TORRANCE, Calif. — Honda today announced several key executive changes effective April 1 that reflect the increased and evolving responsibilities that the Honda North American Regional Operations have assumed within the company’s global business.

Last year, Honda outlined key strategies that increased the role played by company sales, manufacturing and research and development operations in North America. The changes announced today are the next step in this direction.  

“These organizational changes will improve the speed of decision-making and the efficiency of our business operations,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, chief operating officer of Honda’s North American Regional Operations, which includes the U.S, Canada and Mexico.

“Our global customers desire new, exciting and affordable automobile, motorcycle and power equipment products, and these changes will enhance our ability to quickly bring our customers’ dreams to the market.”

The CEO will remain president of Honda North America Inc., and president and CEO of American Honda Motor Co. Inc. He will add the new responsibilities as the chief operating officer of Automobile Operations and risk management officer for Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

Hidenobu Iwata will become president of Honda North America Services LLC, a new shared services company to be established April 1. He will remain in his current positions as president of Honda of America Mfg. Inc. and senior managing officer of Honda Motor Co. Ltd.

HNAS, the new shared services company, will be based in Marysville, with an additional office in Torrance, Calif. HNAS will provide many of Honda’s common support functions in North America, and streamline coordination of research and development, manufacturing, purchasing and sales functions as they relate to the introduction of new products.

Honda North America Inc.’s leadership function also will be located on Honda’s Marysville campus.

Since its founding in 1987, HNA has served as a coordinating entity for such operations as legal services, corporate audit and risk management. In its evolving role, HNA will house several members of senior executive management responsible for strategic oversight over North American sales, manufacturing and research and development for the company’s product lines.

Most Honda associates assigned to these entities will be located on the Marysville campus in Ohio, but others will remain at other facilities throughout North America. Current Ohio-based associates will remain in Ohio.

It is anticipated that fewer than 50 associates involved in support and strategic functions at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in Torrance, Calif., will transfer to HNA and HNAS over the course of the next fiscal year beginning April 1.

The formation of HNAS and changes to HNA are not expected to result in additional employment.

Other executive changes include Bob Nelson appointed as president of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC in Greensburg, Ind. He is currently a senior vice president at HMIN and has been with Honda for 25 years, including 23 years with Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Ohio.  

Jon Minto will become president of Honda Engineering North America Inc., Honda’s production engineering company in North America.

Currently a senior vice president with EGA based in Marysville, Mr. Minto has been with Honda for more than 20 years, including at Honda of Canada Mfg.

Dan Smith will become president of Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario, a division of Honda Canada Inc.. Mr. Smith is currently a senior vice president at HCM and has been with Honda for 28 years, including 26 years with Honda of America Mfg. Inc. and Honda Engineering North America in Ohio.

Jerry Chenkin will become president and CEO of both Honda Canada  Inc. and Canada Honda in Markham, Ontario, outside Toronto. Chenkin, currently executive vice president of HCI, has been with Honda for 38 years.

Note: Story posted at 10:17 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

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