MARYSVILLE, OHIO – American Honda Motor Co. Inc., announced that longtime company executive Rick Schostek will retire as executive vice president of corporate services effective November 1, 2022.
Schostek will be replaced by Bob Nelson, currently executive vice president of Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC (HDMA), effective October 3, 2022.
“Bob and I joined the company in 1987, a transformative time in Honda’s history in Ohio and North America, as the company increased production, R&D and local parts sourcing in this region,” Schostek said. “We have worked closely together on many important initiatives since then and I have the utmost confidence in Bob and believe he is the right leader as we enter a new period of transformation for Honda and the whole. of our industry.”
Schostek began his Honda career in 1987 in the legal division of the former Honda of America Mfg. in Ohio. He went on to hold key management positions within several of Honda’s North American operations, including leadership roles at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (now Alabama Auto Plant), Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (now Indiana Auto Plant), and Honda North America.
“I am grateful to have worked for a company like Honda that always puts people first: our customers, our associates and the people living in the communities where we do business,” Schostek said. “It is impossible to overstate how rewarding and rewarding it has been for me to work directly with Honda associates during my assignments in Ohio, Alabama, Indiana and also my ongoing work with our team in California. I have always been immensely proud to say that I have worked for Honda and to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of a company that is truly committed to being a company that society wants to exist.
Nelson joined Honda in 1987 in the purchasing department of Honda of America Mfg., at a time when Honda was beginning to significantly expand local parts sourcing in North America. Nelson also served a three-year assignment in Tochigi, Japan as a member of the North America Task Force, a mission to advance and expand new model development, where he managed a link function supporting Honda manufacturing in Ohio. During his career, he also served as president of the former Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (now Indiana Auto Plant).
Nelson’s successor as SVP of HDMA will be current Alabama Auto Plant (AAP) Vice President and Plant Manager Bob Schwyn. Lamar Whitaker, currently Associate Chief Administrator and Line 2 Division Manager in Alabama, will succeed Schwyn as AAP Plant Manager. Both moves also go into effect on October 3.
About Honda in North America
Honda established operations in North America in 1959. Today, the company employs more than 40,000 associates across the region engaged in the development, manufacturing, sales and service of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment, Honda powersports products and the HondaJet Elite S. advanced light jet.
Based on its long-standing commitment to making products close to the customer, Honda operates 18 major manufacturing plants in North America, working with nearly 800 suppliers in the region to produce a diverse line of quality products. Honda has been building automobiles in North America for 40 years, and by 2021 more than 95% of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the United States were produced in North America.
Honda also conducts research and development at 23 facilities across North America where we design, develop and manufacture many North American-made products from scratch. Learn more with Honda’s Digital FactBook.