Honda Leaders Earn Automotive News’ Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry Award

Two of Honda’s automotive manufacturing leaders in Ontario and Ohio were recently recognized among the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry by Automotive News.

Susan Kenny (photo), Engine Plant Manager at Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM), and Gail May, Performance Manufacturing Center Division Manager at Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., received the honors after a months-long nomination and judging process that attracted hundreds of entries from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Kenny leads more than 500 associates in the day-to-day operations for engine production and works to ensure HCM is prepared for the next generation of powertrain products.

May leads day-to-day operations at the Performance Manufacturing Center, the exclusive global production headquarters for the Acura NSX supercar and home to several “PMC Edition” Acura models, and is responsible for strategic planning and oversight of quality and delivery at the plant.

Both women started their careers at Honda in 1993.

The 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry Award recognizes women who are leaders in the automotive field. Automotive News has published the list of the industry’s top female executives every five years since 2000.

Honda in North America
Honda established operations in North America in 1959. Today, the company employs more than 40,000 associates in the region, engaged in the development, manufacturing, sales and service support of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment, Honda powersports products, the HondaJet advanced lightjet and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Based on its longstanding commitment to build products close to the customer, Honda operates 19 major manufacturing plants in North America, working with more than 740 suppliers in the region to produce the diverse range of Honda products. In 2019, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates 15 major research and development centers in North America which fully design, develop and engineer many of the products the company makes in North America.

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