LOS ANGELES — Jeff Conrad is retiring as senior vice president of American Honda's automobile division on Dec. 1.
Conrad, 65, will be replaced by Henio Arcangeli Jr., most recently president of Yanmar North America, a heavy-equipment maker. Arcangeli joins American Honda immediately in the senior vice president role and will take over Conrad's duties as general manager of the Honda brand Dec. 1.
The move comes just five months after John Mendel stepped down as head of American Honda's auto division. Conrad had intended to retire before Mendel, but agreed to stay on as his successor to oversee the transition.
After retirement, Conrad plans to move to Bend, Ore., where he owns a house. "I've developed some hobbies that I like over a number of years and I'd like a little more time to pursue those hobbies," Conrad told Automotive News. "It's not an easy thing to do after you've been doing this for 13 hours a day for so many years, but life goes on, too."
Arcangeli is a rare outside hire for the top ranks at American Honda and parent Honda Motor Co. But his background fits the mold of a Honda exec: He's a trained engineer and has an MBA from Stanford. He also has extensive experience leading companies with engine and vehicle expertise.
Before his post at Yanmar, Arcangeli was president of Yamaha's Motorsports Group from 2006 to 2014. He also has executive experience at Pioneer, Thermador and General Electric.
Conrad, who joined Honda in 1982, leaves American Honda at a time when its product portfolio is among the freshest and most critically acclaimed in the industry. The automaker has won two straight North American vehicle of the year awards and is set to launch a redesigned Accord sedan this year.
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