Takeo Fukui

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Takeo Fukui (福井 威夫, Takeo Fukui; November 28, 1944- ) is the president and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.. He is from Tokyo, Japan, though his mother gave birth to him in Hiroshima to escape intensifying air raids during World War II. He graduated from Waseda University with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Chemistry. He began working at Honda in April 1969. On April 22, 2003 it was announced he would become CEO of Honda, which is the position he currently holds.

Career

  • Honda Motor Company, 1969–1979, engineer;
  • Honda R&D Company, 1979–1982, chief engineer;
  • Honda Racing Corporation, 1982–1983, chief engineer; 1983–1985, director; 1985–1987, executive vice president;
  • Honda R&D Company, 1987–1988, managing director;
  • Honda Racing Corporation, 1987–1988, president;
  • Honda Motor Company, 1988–1990, director;
  • Honda R&D Company, 1990–1991, senior managing director;
  • Honda Motor Company, 1991–1992, general manager of Motorcycle Development; 1992–1994, general manager of Hamamatsu Factory, Motorcycle Operations;
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, 1994–1996, executive vice president and director;
  • Honda Motor Company, 1996–1998, managing director;
  • Honda of America Manufacturing, 1996–1998, president and director;
  • Honda R&D Company, 1998–2003, president;
  • Honda Motor Company, 1999–2003, senior managing and representative director; 2003–, president and CEO.

Fukui worked on the CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) engine as his first project at Honda to reduce toxic exhaust emissions. The CVCC, which became the base for the Civic car, became the first vehicle to comply with the 1975 U.S. Clean Air Act without a catalytic converter. A motorsports fan, he joined Honda for its participation in the Formula One races. (Source: Reuters)