Hiroshi Sasamoto will become CEO of Honda of Canada Manufacturing in Alliston, Ontario. He had been CEO of Honda's manufacturing operations in Lincoln, Ala.
Nobuyuki Sanui, president of Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America in Russells Point, Ohio, will be the new CEO of Honda's manufacturing operations in Alabama.
Sanui's new post is effective April 1. He will be responsible for all operations at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC in Lincoln, Ala.
Before his current assignment in Ohio, Sanui was president of Honda Precision Parts of Georgia from 2005 to 2007.
"Sasamoto has provided critical leadership at HMA during one of the most difficult periods in the auto industry," said Chuck Ernst, senior vice president in Alabama, in a written statement. "Sasamoto's vision has allowed HMA to take full advantage of our flexible manufacturing system with the addition of two new vehicles to our Lincoln operation during his tenure. He leaves HMA well positioned to respond quickly to customer needs as market demands continue to change."
Sasamoto also becomes an operating officer for Honda Motor Co.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has 4,500 full-time employees at its $1.4 billion plant in Lincoln. The factory complex is the sole source of the Honda Odyssey minivan, Pilot crossover and Ridgeline pickup.
In addition, Honda named Hidenobu Iwata as presidentof Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. He previously was general manager of production operations at Honda's Suzuka factory in Japan.
Tsuneo Tanai, current presidentof Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. in Marysville, Ohio, will return to Japan. He will become Honda's COO for automotive operations.