11/15/2015 9:16:00 PM
Jon Ikeda is the vice president and general manager of the Acura Division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. He oversees all Acura brand sales, marketing and service operations in the United States. Ikeda assumed his new responsibilities in July 2015.
Prior to joining American Honda, Ikeda was a chief designer and the division director of Auto Design for Honda R&D Americas, Inc. His R&D career involved a key role in the development of a number of Acura products, including a leadership role in the creation of the Acura Design Studio, which opened in 2007.
Inspired by a then new Acura brand that had been established in 1986, Ikeda began his career with Honda in the fall of 1989, joining the start-up of a new advanced design studio in Tokyo as one of the first designers from outside Japan to join the styling team.
While learning Honda design and management culture, he contributed to a wide range of projects over his 6-year stay in Japan, ranging from the award winning Honda FSX show car to the production development of the 1996 Acura RL.
Ikeda rejoined Honda R&D Americas in Los Angeles in 1995 and over the next 15 years, was actively involved in numerous production and research projects, including serving as the design Project Leader for the 2001 Civic Coupe. Notably, Ikeda also penned and led the design team in the development of the 2004 Acura TL, the best-selling Acura model of all time.
From 2004 to 2013, Ikeda was focused on the Acura brand and design, which included his leadership role in creating the Acura Design Studio.
Ikeda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.