Frank Paluch is president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. (HRA) and an operating officer of Honda R&D Co., Ltd. Prior to assuming his responsibilities as the president of Honda R&D operations in North America, Paluch served as senior vice president of Honda North America Services, LLC, which was established on April 1, 2013, to provide essential operational services to Honda facilities throughout North America.
Paluch joined Honda at HRA in 1992 and soon thereafter spent one year at the Honda R&D Center in Tochigi, Japan, working on the body design of the first-generation Accord V6. Beyond developing his capability in automotive body engineering design, this experience enabled him to better grasp Honda corporate culture and the Japanese language.
Upon his return to the United States in 1994, Paluch continued to advance his knowledge of vehicle development and, after completing various projects, rose to the level of chief engineer with overall responsibility for the development of two all-new vehicles: the 2001 Acura MDX and 2003 Honda Pilot. He later led development of the second-generation Acura MDX, introduced in 2007.
He was promoted to vice president of HRA in 2007, then to senior vice president and director in 2011, where he was responsible for direct oversight of complete-vehicle research, design and development, and enterprise IT systems.
A graduate of the Ohio State University, Paluch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was previously employed by McDonnell Douglas Corporation as a lead project engineer for aircraft modification programs throughout the United States and in Italy, Portugal, England and Thailand.