Executive Vice President
Honda North America, Inc.
Erik Berkman is Executive Vice President of Honda North America, Inc. (HNA), responsible for Acura and head of the Acura Business Planning Office. He is also a member of the HNA Board of Directors.
In 2012, Berkman became President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., overseeing North American research and development operations for automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment.
Berkman has held a number of leadership roles in his 30-year career with Honda. He joined Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in 1982 as an engineering coordinator, helping the company launch its U.S. automobile production. He gained experience at the company's original four production facilities, developing engineering functions at the Marysville Auto Plant, East Liberty Auto Plant, and Anna Engine Plant.
In 1991, Berkman moved from manufacturing to research and development at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and was assigned a leadership role to develop the 1994 Honda Accord Wagon. In 1996, he was promoted to Chief Engineer and was responsible for development of the 1998 Honda Accord Coupe and pre-development of the 1999 Honda Odyssey, Honda's first full-size, V6-powered minivan. In 1999 Berkman was promoted to Executive Engineer, and led the development of the 2001 Acura CL, 2004 Acura TL, and 2006 Honda Accord.
In 2008, he became President of Honda Performance Development, Inc., where he evolved Honda's high performance and racing programs, including IndyCar. In 2009, he took on the additional responsibility of Vice President of Corporate Planning & Logistics at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., where he led strategic planning activities for Honda and Acura automobile and light truck product lines.
A native of Indiana, Berkman is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.