Honda Canada president and chief executive officer Jerry Chenkin announced his intent to retire on Tuesday.

Fellow Honda Canada veteran, Dave Gardner will take on leading the company after Chenkin officially ends his tenure on March 31.

Chenkin’s career at Honda spans more than four decades. 

In 1975, he began his career in Honda's accounting department after emigrating to Canada from London.

"I feel very fortunate to have spent my entire career at Honda and I will look back on my time as a rewarding experience filled with many memories and lasting relationships," said Chenkin. "I've had the distinct pleasure of working with and learning from many dedicated Associates and Dealers who have helped shape the person I am today. I'm proud of what we've all achieved together and I know the journey ahead will be just as exciting as the one we've travelled together."

In 2013, Chenkin was named the president and CEO.

Chenkin is the first Canadian in the company's history to be chosen to lead the company.

According to Honda Canada, Chenkin established record sales levels in its automobile and power equipment businesses during the past four years

Gardner, who will succeed Chenkin, is currently senior vice president of operations and risk management officer.

He joined Honda in February 1989 and has held various roles within the company, including both zone and national responsibilities.

"I've had the honour of working with Jerry my entire Honda career and I know I speak for all of us here when I say thank you and good luck with the next chapter in your life," said Gardner. "Jerry has expertly led this company and I look forward to continuing with the work he started. We have always held true to our core philosophy — to be a company that Canadians want to exist — and my goal is to ensure we remain on that path."