Honda Senior Managing Director Takanobu Ito will become Honda Motor Co Ltd’s new President & CEO effective late June 2009, taking over from the current President & CEO, Takeo Fukui. Both the outgoing CEO and the new CEO are from engineering backgrounds. Ito has a M. Eng in Engineering from the Kyoto University and joined Honda Motor Co Ltd in 1978 as a chassis design engineer. He was in charge of the all-aluminium monocoque chassis of the mid-engined Honda NSX.
In addition to the President and CEO positions of Honda Motor Co Ltd in June 2009, 55-year old Takanobu Ito will also first assume the President and Director positions of Honda R&D in April 2009. 64-year old Takeo Fukui who has been President and CEO since 2003 will continue in Honda as Advisor and Director.
Date of Birth August 29, 1953
Education Kyoto University, M. Eng. Engineering
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.
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 (current)
Jun. 2007 Senior Managing Director, Honda Motor Co., Ltd (current)