Honda Automobiles: Executive Changes Reflect Evolving Role for Honda in North America

Posted on 22. Feb, 2013 by in Honda Canada

Honda now announced several pivotal executive changes
effective Apr 1, 2013, that simulate a increasing and elaborating responsibilities that a Honda
North American Regional Operations have insincere within Honda’s tellurian business.

– Tetsuo Iwamura will sojourn as boss of Honda North America, Inc. (HNA), COO of
North American Regional Operations and boss and CEO of American Honda Motor
Co., Inc. Iwamura, who serves parallel as a executive clamp president, executive
officer and deputy executive of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., will supplement new responsibilities
as a COO of Automobile Operations and risk government officer for Honda Motor Co.,
Ltd.

– Hidenobu Iwata will turn boss of Honda North America Services, LLC (HNAS), a
new common services association to be determined effective Apr 1, 2013. Iwata will remain
in his stream positions as boss of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. (HAM) and senior
handling officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

– Bob Nelson will turn boss of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC (HMIN) in
Greensburg, Ind. Nelson is now a comparison clamp boss during HMIN and has been with
Honda for 25 years, including 23 years with Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in Ohio.

– Jon Minto will turn boss of Honda Engineering North America, Inc. (EGA),
Honda’s prolongation engineering association in North America. Minto is now a senior
clamp boss with EGA, that is formed in Marysville, Ohio, and has been with Honda for
some-more than 20 years, including during Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM)

– Dan Smith will turn boss of Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) in Alliston, Ontario, a
multiplication of Honda Canada Inc. (HCI). Smith is now a comparison clamp boss during HCM
and has been with Honda for 28 years, including 26 years with Honda of America Mfg.,
Inc. and Honda Engineering North America, Inc. in Ohio.

– Jerry Chenkin will turn boss and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) in Markham,
Ontario, outward Toronto. Chenkin, now executive clamp boss of HCI, has been
with Honda for 38 years.

In and with these executive appointments, Honda will strengthen a leadership
duty of a North American informal operations underneath HNA and HNAS to raise a ability
to broach high peculiarity products to a patron some-more fast and efficiently.

The changes will assistance grasp this by some-more fit government and quicker decision
making, and by merging some of a support functions common to mixed Honda companies
in North America underneath one roof. Both HNA’s care duty and HNAS will be located on
Honda’s Marysville, Ohio, campus.

In 2012, Honda summarized pivotal strategies that increasing a purpose played by Honda’s sales,
production and RD operations in North America within Honda’s tellurian business. The
changes announced now are a subsequent step in this direction.

“These organizational changes will urge a speed of decision-making and the
potency of a business operations,” pronounced Tetsuo Iwamura, arch handling officer of Honda’s
North American Regional Operations, that includes a U.S, Canada and Mexico. “Our global
business enterprise new, sparkling and affordable automobile, motorcycle and energy equipment
products, and these changes will raise a ability to fast move a customers’ dreams to
the market.”

Since a first in 1987, HNA has served as a coordinating entity for such operations
as authorised services, corporate review and risk management. In a elaborating role, HNA will house
several members of comparison executive government obliged for vital slip over
North American sales, production and RD for a company’s product lines. HNA has
offices in Torrance, Calif., Marysville, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., New York, NY and Washington, D.C.

HNAS, a new common services company, will be formed in Marysville, Ohio, with an
additional bureau in Torrance, Calif. HNAS will yield many of Honda’s common support
functions in North America, and streamline coordination of Honda’s RD, manufacturing,
purchasing and sales functions as they describe to a introduction of new products.

Most Honda associates (employees) reserved to these entities will be located on the
Marysville campus in Ohio, though others will sojourn during other comforts via North America.
Current Ohio-based associates will sojourn in Ohio. It is approaching that fewer than 50
associates concerned in support and vital functions during American Honda Motor Co., Inc. in
Torrance, Calif., will send to HNA and HNAS over a march of a subsequent mercantile year
commencement Apr 1, 2013. The arrangement of HNAS and changes to HNA are not approaching to
outcome in additional employment.

About Honda

Honda determined operations in America in 1959, and now employs some-more than 33,000
associates in a North American sales, RD and production operations with a capital
investment of some-more than $22 billion.

Based on a longstanding joining to “build products tighten to a customer” Honda
operates 14 vital production comforts in North America, producing a far-reaching operation of Honda
and Acura automobiles, vehicle engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and
energy apparatus products such as grass mowers, mini-tillers and ubiquitous purpose engines,
using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Seven Honda vehicle plants in a North American region, including 4 in a U.S., have the
ability to furnish 1.63 million automobiles any year. In 2012, 90 percent of a Honda and
Acura automobiles sole in a U.S. were constructed in North America. This will boost to 1.92
million vehicles per year in 2014, when a sales commission of locally constructed automobiles is
expected to arise to some-more than 95 percent.

Honda RD Americas, Inc., (HRA) operates 14 comforts in North America and is responsible
for “complete product creation,” of modernized automobile, powersports and energy equipment
products and technologies. Since 1990, HRA has researched, designed and grown more
than 20 all-new vehicle models.

Honda media contacts:
Jeffrey Smith, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (310) 781-5062 Jeffrey_Smith@ahm.honda.com
Ron Lietzke, Honda of America, Mfg., Inc., (937) 644-6627, ron_lietzke@ham.honda.com

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