Honda is restructuring its North American management and moving 50 salaried positions from its headquarters in Torrance, Calif. to its manufacturing hub in Marysville, Ohio.
According to this article, “Tetsuo Iwamura, who is head of Honda’s North American sales office in California, will move to Ohio where he will oversee all of the company’s operations, Honda said this morning. He is also being promoted to chief operating officer for Honda’s auto operations around the world. He is already an executive vice president and member of the board that runs the company.”
Honda has repeatedly said that the North American market is increasingly important to its global success and so we think it’s a smart move to shift Iwamura and these other jobs to Ohio where will help Honda be even more successful in North America.
“These organizational changes will improve the speed of decision-making and the efficiency of our business operations,” Iwamura said in a statement. “Our global customers desire new, exciting and affordable automobile, motorcycle and power equipment products, and these changes will enhance our ability to quickly bring our customers’ dreams to the market.”
Also according to the article, “Iwamura already serves as president of Honda North America Inc. The difference is that this title and role will now have a broader scope, as opposed to focusing mostly on sales. He will spend much of his time traveling, but will be based in Marysville.”
We think it’s smart to concentrate many of Honda’s North American decision-makers into one place to expedite processes, increase creativity and, ultimately, make North America the king-maker for Honda.