Honda names former purchasing manager as CEO

24 February 2015

Automotive company Honda has named a former purchasing manager as its next president and chief executive.

Takahiro Hachigo, currently Honda’s managing officer, will become senior managing officer in April, and president, chief executive, and representative director of the company in June.

He will take over from Takanobu Ito, who will remain on the board and take on the post of director and advisor to Honda Motor.

Hachigo joined Honda in 1982 in research and development operations, becoming managing officer in 2007, and general manager of purchasing division No. 2 of purchasing operations, the following year.

In 2013 he became representative of development, purchasing and production (China), and took on his current role of managing officer last year.

The new appointments will happen after a final decision by the board after the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June.

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