The company was founded in 1969, and when Chenkin started in '75, it imported motorcycles and exactly one car - the first generation Civic.
Honda is set for some big leadership changes in April, as the company's current President and CEO, Jerry Chenkin, has announced his retirement. He's set to be succeeded by Dave Gardner, who currently serves as Honda Canada's Senior Vice President, Operations and Risk Management Officer.
Chenkin began his career at Honda Canada in the marketing department in 1975 after emigrating from London, England. Just like legendary Canadian NHL players Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, and Mike Bossy, he worked with the one company exclusively for his entire career.
Interestingly, Chenkin was actually the first Canadian to ever head up Honda Canada. The company only ever saw Japanese leaders, up until Chenkin replaced then-President and CEO Takashi Sekiguchi in April of 2013.
Since he started his last role at Honda Canada, Chenkin has lead the company to record sales, both in automotive, as well as in its Power Equipment division. Chenkin also oversaw Canadian, manufacturing investments - including at the Alliston, Ontario plants - totaling more than $1.3 billion.
When Chenkin began at Honda Canada several decades ago, the company wasn't nearly as big as it is in 2017. The company was founded in 1969, and when Chenkin started in '75, it imported motorcycles and exactly one car - the first generation Civic. Honda's compact vehicle clearly struck a chord with Canadians, and it has been on a nearly two decade run as Canada's best-selling passenger car, including the last four years Chenkin was in charge.
"I feel very fortunate to have spent my entire career at Honda and I will look back on my time as a rewarding experience filled with many memories and lasting relationships," said Chenkin. "I've had the distinct pleasure of working with and learning from many dedicated Associates and Dealers who have helped shape the person I am today. I'm proud of what we've all achieved together and I know the journey ahead will be just as exciting as the one we've travelled together."
Gardner takes on his new leadership role having started with the company in 1989, working in numerous capacities over the years. Other changes to the executive team include:
Other changes within Honda Canada’s executive team also effective April 1, include:
• Barry Holt, EVP & Chief Operating Officer
• Jean-Marc Leclerc, Sr. VP of Sales & Marketing
• Sogo Nakata, Sr. Vice President
• Tony Facciolo, VP Parts & Service
• Orlando Amiccuci, VP Shared Services & Chief Financial Officer
Source: Honda Canada