Japanese automobile giant Honda Motor has appointed Gaku Nakanishi as the new President and CEO of Honda Cars India (HCIL).He will take charge from April 1.
Nakanishi will take over from Yoichiro Ueno, who will move to New Business Strategy Division, a business development supervisory unit in Honda Motor, for accelerating formulation of new business strategy and pursuit of open innovation in the area of future mobility.
During his tenure in India, Ueno was instrumental in fortifying the premium brand positioning of Honda in India. He spearheaded the introduction of several premium models in India, including BR-V, Accord Hybrid, New City and WR-V and laying the foundation for launch of new models including All New Amaze, All New CR-V and comeback of the Civic.
Ueno’s strong focus on new-age communication led to many integrated marketing campaigns targeting consumers across age profiles. In his role, he emphasised on achieving operational efficiencies at the company and dealership level during rapid market shift from diesel to petrol, demonetisation and GST implementation. He also led several initiatives in the field of sales and service to enhance customer experience and dealer profitability.
Nakanishi has been President and CEO of Honda Automobile (Thailand) since 2015. Nakanishi has been associated with Honda Motor for almost 30 years and has vast experience in the automobile industry, having worked in several international markets, including North America, Mexico, Japan, Thailand and has worked with overseas division for CIS, Middle East and Africa and Asia and Oceania regions.