In short: Honda appoints woman to board

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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 12:00 am

Honda has appointed a woman to its board for the first time and given a major promotion to a foreigner in a sign the automaker wants to change perceptions of a hidebound corporate culture. Technology expert Hideko Kunii, 66, will join the board, and Issao Mizoguchi, a Brazilian of Japanese ancestry, who has worked with Honda's South American operations for nearly 30 years, has been appointed operating officer, Honda Motor Co. said Monday. The appointments need shareholder approval at a June meeting. Companies have come under fire within Japan for not promoting anyone other than Japanese males.

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