Honda Canada CEO Jerry Chenkin to retire, be replaced by Dave Gardner

Changes made at American Honda, too

Jerry Chenkin will retire in March 2017.
UPDATED: 12:35 pm ET -- Adds U.S. changes

Jerry Chenkin, the first Canadian to lead Honda Canada Inc., will step down as CEO at the end of March, the automaker said in a statement Tuesday.

Chenkin, a 42-year veteran of Honda, will retire on March 31. Another Canadian and company veteran, Dave Gardner, who is senior vice president of operations and risk management officer, will succeed Chenkin.

The Canadian announcements are part of several made at Honda today, including a leadership changes at American Honda, tooJohn Mendel is retiring as executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co.’s auto divisions, effective April 1. His duties will be taken over by Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division

Chenkin, 65, was named president and CEO of Honda Canada in 2013. Since then, the company has invested about CDN $1.3 billion in its Canadian operations and set three consecutive all-time Canadian annual sales records. Most recently, Honda Canada sold 186,676 units in 2016, up five per cent from the year before.

“Our achievements are the result of the hard work and dedication of the associates at Honda Canada, Honda of Canada Manufacturing and our dealerships across the country,” Chenkin said in a statement. “I provided direction and guidance and our people did the rest. I am so fortunate to have had this amazing life experience.

Gardner, 56, is one of several executives to take on new roles at Honda Canada effective April 1. Other appointments include Barry Holt as Honda Canada’s chief operating officer, Jean-Marc Leclerc as senior vice president of sales and marketing and Orlando Amiccuci as chief financial officer.

“We have always held true to our core philosophy — to be a company that Canadians want to exist — and my goal is to ensure we remain on that path,” Gardner said in a statement.

You can reach John Irwin at jirwin@crain.com -- Follow John on Twitter: @JohnDIrwin

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