American Honda is shifting one of its top public relations executives to the advertising department.
On April 1, Sage Marie will become assistant vice president of Acura advertising. Previously, the position was held by Susie Rossick, who is retiring from the automaker. Marie will report to Jay Joseph, who is the vice president of the marketing division of automobile sales at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
“I'm looking forward to this new challenge, as Acura has been steadily sharpening its focus on its performance-focused brand roots,” Marie said in a statement. “You will see us further accelerate this effort in the months ahead with multiple new products, including the promised return of Type S performance variants to the Acura lineup.”
Taking Marie’s former position of senior manager and department head of American Honda Public Relations will be Matt Sloustcher, who will assume responsibility for both the Honda and Acura brands, along with the shows and exhibits team, the department that manages the company's auto show displays. He will also head PR for Honda power equipment, marine and motorsports. Sloustcher is currently head of Acura brand public relations.
Marie joined Honda in 1998, as a customer relations representative in Honda's Mid-Atlantic zone office located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He assumed his current position including in 2017.
Other positions he has held at the automaker include senior manager overseeing public relations for the Honda and Acura automotive brands and manager of Honda Product Planning for light trucks.
Marie is an avid racecar driver who has participated in such races as the SCCA National Championship Run-offs, the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill and the Formula F, B Spec series.