Prior to this appointment, Hachigo was Managing Officer of Honda Motor Co. Limited. Hachigo joined Honda in 1982, principally as a chassis engineer. Among the models developed under his charge are the first US-built Odyssey in 1999 and the second-generation CR-V in 2001. He has served as the operating officer of Honda R&D, and more recently as the president and director of Honda R&D Europe.
He will succeed Takanobu Ito, who resigned from his post on 23 February 2015.