Honda UK announces employment of new UK MD

Honda UK today announced changes to its senior management team, which will take effect from 1st April 2020. Current Managing Director, Dave Hodgetts, is to retire and will be replaced by Jean Marc Streng, while Phil Webb, will move to Honda Motor Europe (HME) as Deputy General Manager of HME Automobile Division, and be replaced by Rebecca Stead as Head of Automobile.

After 30 years working in both Honda of the UK Manufacturing at Swindon, and the UK sales operation, Hodgetts has decided that 2020 marks an appropriate point to step down and so will be retiring from Honda UK in April.

New Managing Director, Jean-Marc Streng, joins with over twenty years’ experience in the automotive industry, and having spent the last eight years as General Manager, of HME Automobile Division. As the architect of Honda’s European electrification strategy, he is ideally placed to deliver that vision in what is Honda’s largest European sales operation.

Streng will also be responsible for motorcycles, where Honda UK holds the clear number one position in the UK motorcycle market, and the power products division, where Honda UK supplies a diverse line-up of products ranging from marine engines to lawn and garden equipment.

Having led the Honda UK car business for the last five years, Phil Webb will make the move across to the HME operation, taking responsibility for strategic and operational planning, marketing, sales operations and logistics in all Honda’s European markets as Deputy General Manager of HME Automobile.

To further ensure continuity for the business as it implements its electrification strategy, the new Head of Automobile, Rebecca Stead, moves from her current position as Head of Network and Commercial Development in Honda UK. She brings a wealth of experience and an extensive knowledge of the UK operation.

Dave Hodgetts commented: “Having guided the business through a number of major challenges in recent years as well as starting Honda UK on its electrification journey, I have decided that 2020 provides an appropriate anniversary after 30 years to retire.”

Jean-Marc Streng added: “I am looking forward to this new challenge and aim to ensure our three UK businesses continue to offer our customers outstanding products and customer service, whilst maintaining the positive relationships with our dealer networks.”