Honda Manufacturing of Alabama Announces Leadership Change

LINCOLN, Ala. – Honda Manufacturing of Alabama , LLC (HMA) today announced that Tom Shoupe will become the company’s new president, effective April 1, 2011. As president, Shoupe will be responsible for total HMA operations.Tom Shoupe will become president of HMA, starting April 1, 2011.

Shoupe is currently senior vice president at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in Marysville, Ohio . Additionally, Shoupe serves as a member of the Honda of America Operations Committee, which is the senior management team in support of the operation of the company.

Shoupe replaces Nobuyuki Sanui, who will become president of Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario.

“Tom Shoupe has played a valuable role in the development and sustainability of Honda’s operations here in Ohio and inNorth America,” said Hidenobu Iwata, president and CEO of Honda of America Mfg. Iwata also serves as the manufacturing leader for Honda’s North America operations. “Tom’s extensive knowledge of manufacturing, along with overall business operations, makes him a perfect fit to lead HMA into the future.”

Shoupe started his Honda career in 1988 in corporate planning and has served in a wide variety of leadership positions with Honda of America Mfg. in Marysville, Ohio . He has served as plant manager of both the East Liberty Auto Plant in East Liberty, Ohio and the Marysville Auto Plant in

Marysville, Ohio.Most recently, Shoupe’s responsibilities in the Honda Operations Committee included providing specific guidance to the Administration, Company Services, Accounting & Finance, Information Services and Compliance & Ethics divisions of the company.

Shoupe is an Ohio native and holds a degree in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Sanui was named HMA president in April 2009. During his tenure as president, the company completed its third full model change with the 2011 Honda Odyssey minivan.

Additionally, HMA completed the addition of the Accord V-6 Sedan to its production lineup, which diversified vehicle production at HMA during the recent economic downturn in the automotive industry.

Current HMA President Nobuyuki Sanui will become president of Honda of Canada Mfg. in Alliston, Ontario.

“Mr. Sanui has been a strong advocate for improved production efficiency and vehicle quality during his tenure at HMA,” said Chuck Ernst, senior vice president at HMA. “His leadership has enhanced HMA’s effort to maximize flexible manufacturing operations and respond quickly to customer demand.”

HMA employs more than 4,000 associates at its $1.4 billion facility in Lincoln. HMA’s 3.5 million square foot facility is the sole production source of the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the innovative Ridgeline pickup truck.

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