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Honda has issued a press release outlining a changing of the guard. The Japanese automaker will announce today that Takanobu Ito, 55, will take over the reigns as president and CEO in late June after the company's annual shareholders' meeting. Ito (who is presently Honda's senior managing director) will succeed Takeo Fukui, who has been president for six years. Fukui will stay on the company's board and take the title of director and advisor to Honda Motor.
Ito has been with Honda since 1978 when he came to the automaker as an R&D engineer specializing in chassis design. Of note to enthusiasts is that Ito presided over the original Acura NSX's aluminum frame development, which hopefully means that its nearly-completed dormant successor may become a "pet" cause of sorts.

Ito has also held key managerial roles in developing small JDM cars in the early Nineties, and he has solid U.S. work experience as well, having been Acura's executive vice-president from 1998 to 2000.

In addition to being the company's president and CEO beginning in June, Ito will already be assuming the role of president and director of Honda R&D, meaning that he will have a lot of hats to wear.

Having logged time developing cars like the NSX and the first-generation MDX, Ito looks to have both solid "car guy" credentials and more than a working understanding of the U.S. market – two qualities that should sit well with American dealers and enthusiasts. Press release and Ito's official CV after the jump.

[Source: Honda]

PRESS RELEASE:

2009.02.23
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Announces New President & CEO

Tokyo, February 23, 2009 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Honda Motor) today announced that Takanobu Ito, currently the company's Senior Managing Director, will become the seventh President & Chief Executive Officer of Honda Motor effective in late June 2009. Takeo Fukui, the current President & CEO, will remain on the board and assume the post of Director and Advisor to Honda Motor. This management succession will occur following the final decision of the Honda Motor Board of Directors after the company's annual shareholders' meeting, scheduled for late June 2009.

Ito joined Honda in 1978, and began his career in its automobile research and development operations, principally as an engineer in the area of chassis design. Ito was in charge of developing the all-aluminum uni-body frame structure for the mid-engine NSX sports car that went on sale in 1990, a world's first for a production vehicle of any volume. Ito also took on responsibilities as the person-in-charge of developing a series of compact sedans for the Japanese market in the early 1990's.

From April 1998 to March 2000, Ito was stationed in the U.S. as Executive Vice President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., where he became actively involved in the development of the Acura brand's first sport-utility vehicle, the MDX (which went on sale in the U.S. in October 2000).

In June 2000, Ito was appointed to the Board of Directors of Honda Motor, simultaneously gaining promotion to Managing Director of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. (Honda R&D). He subsequently became President and Director of Honda R&D in June 2003. Ito also took on a role in the area of manufacturing as General Manager of Honda's Suzuka Factory in April 2005.

In April 2007, Ito became Honda Motor's Chief Operating Officer of Automobile Operations and a Senior Managing Director from June of the same year.

From April 2009, he will again assume the top position of President and Director of Honda R&D, a position he will continue to hold concurrently after the successful appointment as President & CEO of Honda Motor expected in late June 2009.

Takeo Fukui has served as Honda Motor's President & CEO since assuming the position in June 2003. During the six years of Fukui's leadership, Honda was able to actively evolve its global manufacturing structure, notably the establishment of a U.S. automobile plant in Indiana and the decision to set up two manufacturing facilities - the Yorii and Ogawa plants - in Saitama, Japan.

Furthermore, Fukui enabled the company to make forays into new business areas, including the establishment of both the jet engine and aircraft businesses, and making a full-scale entry into the solar cell business with Honda's original next-generation solar cell. Also under Fukui's leadership, the company continued to demonstrate its leadership in reducing CO2 emissions through both technology and product innovations. Honda's firm commitment to reduce CO2 output on a global scale was underlined in 2006, when it announced company-wide reduction targets for CO2 emitted from its product lineups as well as from its production lines. The realization of the all-new Insight as an affordable product was an outcome of Fukui's strong guidance, based on the belief that hybrid vehicles must become accessible to more people if the technology is to contribute to reductions in CO2 output.

Fukui joined Honda as an engineer in 1969, and became a member of the project team that developed the Honda CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) engine. Fukui also has extensive experience in the company's motorcycle development and racing operations. In 1988, he became a member of the Honda Motor Board of Directors, subsequently assuming responsibilities as General Manager of the Suzuka Factory, President of Honda of America Mfg., Inc., President and Director of Honda R&D, and most recently, President & CEO of Honda Motor, a title he has held since June 2003.

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Takanobu Ito

Date of Birth August 29, 1953
Education Kyoto University, M. Eng. Engineering
Professional Experience <Date> <Professional Experience>
Apr. 1978 Joined Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Jun. 1997 Director, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
Apr. 1998 Executive Vice President, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Jun. 2000 Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Managing Director, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2001 Senior Managing Director, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
Jun. 2003 President and Director, Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
Managing Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Motor Sports
Apr. 2004 General Supervisor, Motor Sports
Apr. 2005 General Manager, Suzuka Factory, Production Operations
Jun. 2005 Managing Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Apr. 2007 Chief Operating Officer, Automobile Operations
Jun. 2007 Senior Managing Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd

* As of June 24, 2008
* Current responsibilities in boldface


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      yousuf khan
      • 7 Months Ago
      Dear Ceo I am fed up by the honda cars as i have honda pilot since 2012 but i total unsatisfied by the after sale service i got accident and my cars is with dealer for repair now but they are unable to fix the car till now as they say that they do not have the parts available if you can arrange we will fix it i have only one question that if you can not maintain the after sale services then why do you launch the car i am suffering for the last 2 months and this is forcing me to launch a campain that do not buy the honda cars until you have return guaranty by the oem that parts will available in your region pls answer me on my e male mkhanusuf@gmail.com +966505872664
      delffika.canra
      • 1 Month Ago

      Dear Mr Ito,

      Apologize in advance, because I share here.
      I do not know anymore where should contact you.

      I was disappointed with your technician in the Honda Prospect Motor (Indonesia) about analysis of the damage of my car, so my car can not guarantee.

      Damage that occurs in my car is not normal damage, the damage is also dangerous for users and I conclude that the damage was caused by design error.

      I have tried to explain this to the Honda Prospect Motor, but they do not acknowledge the damage is caused design error.

      On this occasion I beg to Mr. Ito so that it is can be analyzed in more detail and acknowledge that it is caused design error.

      Please reply immediately to my email: delffika.canra@gmail.com

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      Canra
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      Tino Ferentinos
      • 3 Months Ago
      Mr Ito, hope all is well..regards from NY, I have been a long time fan of Honda, going back 20 years. But the recent vehicles coming from Honda have me asking, what are the designers doing? They should be fired for the current Honda car designs. As many years ago Mr toyoda came to the US in late 1960’s for Toyota fab inspection and was picked up at LA air port with Toyota camry but when the vehicle did not start he right away asked to go back to Japan to restructure Toyota beginning top down. So many top executives lost their jobs. A suggestion will be, please bring the European Hondas to our shores, like the new civic R Type from England with 2.4 lt 285 HP and a new body, why can’t we have this? I will be the first on the list for this auto, as many of my enthousiast friends will be. I guess it comes down to money, but do not forget the money is a by-product of a great product, beginning with a great work force.   Regards
      • 6 Years Ago
      Again, another engineer leads Honda. I hope this guy does more good for Honda than even Fukui did!
      angie
      • 10 Months Ago
      Dear CEO, I am Angie. I am Malaysian.. I have received my new Hoda Accord 2.4L on 28/3/2014 with delight. However the next day, I found out that the rotate wheel indicator, Malfunction Indicator Lamp and the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System Indicator is on. This is a new car right? So I sent it back to Imavest Sdn. Bhd. for service on 31/3/2014. The car was fixed (so call fixed) on that day. However, the problem came back on 3/4/2014. I took the same action again. Same thing happened on 7/4/2014. I was mad and sent it back. They promised me I can get back my car on 9/4/2014 but not getting any news from the service center. I filed a complaint to them on 10/4/14 and the service manager told me they need to get assistant from the Japanese techinician in Penang as they couldn’t fix my car problem. Finally, they called me on 11/4/14 and told me the car has fixed but they found out another problem. The car is now under power. What the hell is that? I am paying RM 172K to buy a brand new car and now I am getting all the *****. I was getting a replacement car Honda Freed during the period as they still need time to fix my car problem. NO ONE DARE TO PROMISE ME WHEN AM I GETTING MY CAR BACK.I am paying RM172K to drive on a Honda Freed ? Who is going to compensate me during the period? I am wondering what happened to the quality control of Honda? Is Honda quality always that bad? I have no confidence on my new car anymore. Do not know when it is going to create problem again. .UNTIL TODAY 21/4/14 , IM STILL WAITING !! THIS IS WHAT THE NEW CAR !! WHAT THE SERVICES!!!!
      enrique
      • 3 Years Ago
      MR. TAKANOBU ITO CEO OF HONDA AUTOMOBILES. MR ITO I NEED YOUR HELP. I PURCHASE A BRAND NEW 207 HONDA ACORD. LESS THEN TWO YEARS LATER 2009 THE MECHANICS SAID THE BATTERY IS BAD AND THEY REPLACED IT WITH A BRAND NEW BATTERY WITH A (100 MONTHS WARANTY) TORS THE END OF 2011 THE BATTERY WENT BAD AGAIN. I WENT TO THE DEALER WHERE I PURCHASE THE CAR SIERRA HONDA 1450 S SHAMROCK MONROVIA, CA. 91016 THE SERVICE DEPARTMENT TOLD YOU ARE OUT OF WARANTY THERE IS NOTHING WE CAN DO AND POINTED TO THE DOOR TO ME THAT WAS INSULTING. I AM MAD AND CONCERN MAD BECAUSE WHAT THEY DONE TO ME AND AT THE SAME TIME CONCERN OF THE CAR IT MIGHT HAVE COMPUTURISED, ELECTRICAL PROBLEM THE CAR HAD FROM THE BEGINING AND SOMETHING WORSE MIGHT HAPPEN. BECAUSE OF THE DEALER NEGLIGENCE. PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW CAN I HAVE A 100 MONTH WARANTY BATTERY AND 20 MONTHS LATER I DONT ANY WARANTY???????????????. MY NAME IS ENRIQUE BRIZUELA. I APPRICIATE IF I GET AN ANSWER FROM. MR TAKANOBU ITO. AT enriquebrizuela@aol.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      do the right thing for your company; bring back the NSX; rejoin MotoGP and most importantly, GET THE HELL BACK INTO FORMULA ONE.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MotoGP is fine. They need to dump Dani from their premier team and go with a better rider. It was just 06 the last time Honda won the championship.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope he can fix the fact that Honda/Acura products in the US are getting uglier with every redesign. It'd also be nice if they had a true "sports" car with the S2000 going away. The Civic Si has a great chassis, but there is only so much you can do with not a lot of grunt.
      Varina
      • 2 Years Ago
      The door looked awful. The panel of the door was broken. A good 8 inches of the panel was completely broken off and gone near the hinge. There were deep scratches in the panel along with dents in the door. When I brought this to Barry, another Service Mgr. he told me that it would cost another $600 to order a new one and that I would have to pay for it! They broke the panel and expected me to pay for it. On the bill I wrote “I do not agree with this charge. The door repair looks awful!” I left a posting on their Facebook website that stated “Awful customer service. Check Yelp.com before you go to visit this dealership”. I then received a message from Chris T., the General Manager of the dealership (via Facebook) to contact him to discuss the problem. I have called 3 times now and left voicemail messages. He has not returned my call. The comment I left on their Facebook site has disappeared. I have still not been contacted personally by Honda. I called Honda Corporate again and was told by Alex that at this point Honda has no responsibility since the damage was done by the Dealership itself. On 6/22/2012 Consumer Watch 5 again called and left another message with Chris T. at the dealership. Again he has not returned any of the calls we have left for him. This is a total of 6 calls not returned by Chris T. the General Manager of Livermore Honda. Corporate Honda would not speak to Channel 5 news either. I am fine paying the $1500 since we planned for that, but the $260 charge for the damage to my car?
      fordman1995
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bought a 2009 Honda Accord LX new. sicne February of this year I have had the car in 5 times for a thud or banging noise I hear infrequently when I clutch to shift into third gear and the shifter won't go into third gear and grinds. Then re-clutch and it goes into third. Sometimes I hear this thud or bang and the shifter goes into third gear then pops out. Car has been in five times since February and they can not seem to find the problem. Called Honda of America and they started a "Claim" about it. The dealer said they have to tear down either the clutch assembly or transmission to find the problem However, Hodna of America customer service REFUSES to authorize them to perfom the diagnostic to find the problem. Mind yuo the car is still und er warrantee. Anyone otu there experience this problem or does anyone have any idea who I would contact to get this problem resolved? Obviously Honda of America doesn't really car about their customers once the car is purchased.
      Anuj Kataria
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi I, Anuj Kataria resident of Gurgaon again wanted to bring your attention towards my problem related to my Honda city Car. I have given my accidental Honda city I-vtec HR-26BA-7676 on August 5, 2011 to Ring Road Honda, Sector-18, Gurgaon (INDIA). But at that time i was given a commitment that it would be returned in 40-50days maximum but since then i am roaming around the service center for my car but i am not getting any support from them. Its been almost 3 months and they are not giving any idea when they would return my car. I have also written an email to the customer care, called them a lot of times but i am not getting any response.Please look into this matter and try to escalate my issue so that i can get my car as soon as possible. Or else please tell me what are my options or should i give up hope of getting my car or should i start thinking of approaching the consumer court. Please advice me . Thanks Anuj Kataria 9899286217, 9212126217
      mary.loperfiddo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mr. Takanobu Ito. Do you typically do periodic background checks for criminal charges on your employees? If a representative does not live in GA, but lives in another state and is a rep for your company, would you be aware of such current information. I do not see where else after an hour of searching on your Honda website whom I should contact with this concern. Please email me for futher details. Thanks for your time.
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