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Lara Minor, Honda North America’s Highest Ranking Female, Joins EWI’s Board of Directors

September 14, 2012

EWI has announced the appointment of Lara Minor to its Board of Directors. She replaces Rodger McKain of LG Fuel Cell Systems (US), Inc., who retires from the EWI Board after 15 years of service.

Minor, Principal Engineer and Senior Director of Technology Outreach at Honda R&D Americas, Inc., has long been a leader in design and program development in the automotive industry. She was instrumental in establishing the company’s first fundamental research laboratory in North America, Honda Research Institute, U.S.A. Prior to her current position, she held several posts in engineering and program management including Design Leader on the immensely popular Pilot, the first Honda full-size SUV to enter the US market. Most recently, her work has focused on expanding cooperative opportunities between Honda and its domestic partners, and has led to unique collaborative relationships resulting in improvements in vehicle quality, fuel economy, and customer safety. Minor holds a degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and is active in promoting joint university/corporate research efforts as well as opportunities for women in engineering.

 “Lara Minor’s broad experience in automotive design and program management makes her an outstanding addition to our Board of Directors,” said Henry Cialone, EWI President and CEO. “Her dedication to collaborative R&D is right in sync with our business philosophy and strategy.” 

Minor is likewise pleased to have been selected to serve. “I look forward to contributing toward the dynamic growth and future success of EWI,” she said.