2009 Man of the Year: Takeo Fukui

2009 Man of the Year: Takeo Fukui
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In an era when platinum-paid executives rarely deviate from the orthodoxy of the crowd, Honda’s Takeo Fukui has successfully avoided faddish trends and instead stayed true to the founding principles of Soichiro Honda.

In a year when the U.S. auto market has been knocked out cold by the one-two punch of spiking fuel prices and the financial meltdown, it’s not easy finding a hero in the car business. Now that the tide of easy credit and cheap gasoline has gone out, we see that a lot of car companies have been swimming naked. But not Honda. Honda’s steadfast refusal to follow the herd once looked stubborn but now appears prescient. In an era when platinum-paid executives rarely deviate from the orthodoxy of the crowd, Honda’s Takeo Fukui has successfully avoided faddish trends and instead stayed true to the founding principles of Soichiro Honda and his successors. For that, Honda president and CEO Takeo Fukui is the 2009 AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE Man of the Year.

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