Hidenobu Iwata is president and chief executive officer of Honda of America Mfg. He is
responsible for manufacturing operations at Honda of America's two auto plants and
engine plant, all located in Ohio. In addition, he oversees Honda’s manufacturing and
engineering functions in North America.
Named to his current position in April 2009, Iwata came to Honda of America with 31
years of experience. Throughout his career, he has played a key role in developing
equipment and technology that ensures quality production of Honda vehicles throughout
Iwata joined Honda Motor Co. in April 1978 and was part of the maintenance staff in
charge of weld machine maintenance. In 1992, while working for Honda Engineering,
Iwata became the project leader responsible for introducing new equipment needed to
launch the 1996 Civic. He came to Ohio for the first time in 1994, to lead the ‘96 Civic
launch for Honda Engineering North America. During his stay in Ohio, he also
supported the production capacity increase at the East Liberty Auto Plant.
In June 1997, Iwata returned to Japan where he became engineering division manager
for Honda Engineering. In 1999, he was named to Honda Engineering’s board of
directors and was named director and general manager of the body frame area. His
work included preparing for the 2001 global launch of the Civic.
In June 2004, Iwata was named managing director of Honda Engineering Co., Ltd.,
where he was responsible for production engineering, production equipment and tooling
manufacturing. Iwata was promoted to president of Honda Engineering in April 2005
and in June 2005, he became an operating officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. In April 2007, Iwata became general manager and operating officer at the Suzuka Factory, which produces the Civic and Fit. In June 2008, he took on the role of managing officer, making him responsible for overseas plant support, as well.
Iwata is a native of Aichi prefecture, Japan. He earned a master’s degree in
engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University.
He resides in Dublin and has a wife and three daughters.