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DENSO Announces Executive Leadership Changes in North America

SOUTHFIELD, MichiganDENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, has announced executive leadership changes and appointments across its North America organization to advance its long-term commitment to create new value for the future of mobility. These changes will enable DENSO to remain competitive, operate more efficiently, and accelerate the management team’s decision-making process.

To achieve this during a time of unprecedented change in the automotive industry, DENSO is focused on strengthening global collaboration, overall North America functions and regional business units. The executive changes announced today will accelerate those focuses to help DENSO meet its goals to:

  • Improve performance in areas like electrification and automated driving
  • Increase sustainable growth in existing business units
  • Promote advanced research and development throughout the region
  • Develop new business opportunities in North America

“We have big goals at DENSO. And we’ll achieve them because we have strong and innovative leaders who are working toward one shared vision to create a safe, secure and sustainable future,” said Kenichiro Ito, executive director for DENSO Corporation and chief executive officer of DENSO’s North American Headquarters. “Leadership rotations and changes strengthen the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of our management team, as well as help unify and improve collaboration of our different DENSO locations, product groups, and business/functional teams. We congratulate our leaders and wish them great success in their new roles.”

North America Executive Leadership Changes

To ensure the right people are in the appropriate positions during this critical time, the following changes are effective April 1, 2019: 

Global Executive Officer Appointments:

Shinichi Nakamizo will serve as executive officer of DENSO Corporation and North American Manufacturing. He will transition from his current role as president of DENSO’s Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico facilities. 

Steve Milam will serve as executive officer of DENSO Corporation. He will also serve as executive officer of Corporate Function Division, Powertrain Systems Business, and Electrification Systems Business of North America. He will transition from his current role as chief executive officer of DENSO’s North America Thermal Systems Center (TAC) Business Group.

Jack Helmboldt will resign as executive director of DENSO Corporation and retire as president of DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee location. He will continue to serve as president emeritus and executive advisor to DENSO, providing guidance, knowledge, and support to DENSO’s business operations and manufacturing leadership development. Helmboldt will continue to serve as a representative for DENSO in its External Affairs, government, and community efforts. 

Business Leaders:

Andris Staltmanis will serve as lead of North America Thermal Systems Business group. He will transition from his current role as president of DENSO’s Battle Creek, Michigan, Thermal facility. 

Marty Deschenes will serve as lead of North America Gasoline Systems Business and North America Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Business groups. In addition, he will serve as president of DENSO’s Athens, Tennessee facility. He will transition from his current role as vice president of the Electrification Systems Business Group and Start/Alternator Division at DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee, location. 

Shuji Kimoto will end his assignment as president of ASMO North Carolina and will return to global headquarters in Japan for a new assignment.

Masanori Iyama will serve as lead of North America Motors Business group and president of DENSO’s three Motor facilities located in Statesville and Greenville, North Carolina, and Battle Creek Michigan location, previously known as ASMO. Effective April 1, 2019, ASMO will be integrated into DENSO’s North American operations. Iyama will transition from his current role as head of Motor Planning Division for DENSO Corporation.

Jon Callies will serve as lead of North America Electric Components and North America Electrification Components Business groups. He will transition from his current role as director of Starter/Alternator Division at DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee operations. 

Functional Leaders:

In addition to his executive officer appointment, Steve Milam will serve as head of North America Human Resources department. 

Yukio Asano will end his expatriate assignment as executive vice president of Corporate Function and return to DENSO Corporation (global headquarters), for a new assignment. 

Makoto Hasegawa will serve as group head of North America Corporate Division Finance Group, located at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. He will transition from his current role as executive coordinator of Corporate Function.

Dave Grimmer will serve as division head of North America Production Innovation Division. He will transition from his current role as vice president of HVAC Operations at DENSO’s Battle Creek, Michigan, Thermal facility. 

Satoshi “Scott” Inukai will end his expatriate assignment as senior vice president NAPIC at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan. He will return to global headquarters for a new assignment. 

North American Affiliate Leaders:

In addition to his executive officer appointment, Shinichi Nakamizo will serve as president of DENSO’s Maryville, Tennessee, operations.

Takeshi Nagasaka will end his expatriate assignment as president of DENSO’s Athens, Tennessee, facility, and return to global headquarters for a new assignment. 

Mitsuru Kato will serve as president of DENSO’s Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico facility. He will transition from his current role as head of Production Engineering Division at DENSO’s global global headquarters.

Kevin Carson will serve as president of DENSO’s Battle Creek, Michigan, Thermal facility. He will transition from his current role as vice president of Engine Cooling Module (ECM) Operations for DENSO’s TAC Business Group.

Global Personnel and Organizational Change

DENSO Corporation also announced today changes to its executive structure and management team to operate more efficiently and accelerate business execution. Changes are effective April 1, 2019.

In addition, with the increasing deployment of vehicle electrification and automated driving technologies, DENSO is helping its customers in North American and around the world quickly meet the needs of sophisticated steering and brake control systems. Thus, DENSO announced changes to its global organizational structure and its current chassis control business section will be separated from the Electric Components Business Unit and become the Chassis Control Components Business Unit. This will allow for more dedicated focus, accelerated R&D, and collaboration.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO is a $48.1 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 220 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global.

In North America, DENSO employs 24,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 31 sites in the U.S, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,000+ employees across 12 states and 25 sites. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, in fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/.

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DENSO Announces Personnel and Organizational Changes

KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, today announced changes to its leadership personnel and organization effective April 1, 2019. As the auto industry continues to evolve and move toward electrification and automated driving, these internal changes support DENSO long-term vision to create and inspire new value for the future of mobility.

 

  1. Changes to the Executive Officers and Executive Fellows

To ensure the right people are in the appropriate positions during this critical time, the following changes will be effective April 1, 2019:

The following will be appointed as executive officers*:

  • Yoshinobu Tao, currently Deputy Head of Purchasing Group
  • Tatsushi Nakashima, currently Head of Gasoline Systems Business Unit
  • Kazutada Yamada, currently Director of Chubu Sales Div.
  • Shinichi Nakamizo, currently President of DENSO MEXICO
  • Yasuhisa Sakurai, currently Project Director of Global Strategy Div.
  • Atsushi Aratake, currently Head of Aftermarket Business Unit
  • Stephen Milam, currently North America Thermal Business Unit Leader

The following will resign as executive directors:

  • Bunichi Kondo
  • Jack Helmboldt
  • Shinsuke Yamaguchi

Nobuaki Kawahara will be appointed to executive fellow*. Currently, he is a Director of Advanced Research and Innovation Center.

Masato Nakagawa will resign as executive fellow.

* 1 For details on changing the executive structure, please refer to ” New Executive Structure and Management Changes ” announced on February 18, 2019.

* 2 The executive fellow position was first introduced by DENSO in 2017. Executives in this role will use their advanced expertise to lead their specialized business units and provide new value to society. This position was created based on DENSO’s policy that executives with high-level skills in a particular technology are key sources to DENSO’s competing power.”

 

  1. Organizational Change as of April 1st, 2019

With the increasing deployment of vehicle electrification and automated driving technologies, DENSO must continue to help its customers quickly meet the needs of sophisticated steering and brake control systems. Thus, its chassis control business section will be separated from the Electric Components Business Unit and become the Chassis Control Components Business Unit. This will allow for more dedicated focus and accelerated R&D and collaboration.

 

  1. Responsibility of Executives and Executive Officers as of April 1st, 2019

Executives                                  *Representative, Changes are underlined

Title Name Responsibility
*President & CEO Koji Arima
*Executive Vice President Yasushi Yamanaka Safety, Quality, Production,

Corporate Foundation Center,

DENSO ABASHIRI TEST CENTER CORP.

*Executive Vice President Hiroyuki Wakabayashi R&D Strategy, CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), Information Security Promotion Div., SOKEN,INC.
Member of the Board Haruya Maruyama
Member of the Board George Olcott (Outside Director)
Member of the Board Takashi Nawa  (Outside Director)
Executive Vice President Toshiyuki Kato Toyota, Toyota Group, Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation Dept.
Executive Vice President Sadahiro Usui China Div., Strategy for Alliance,

Purchasing Group

Senior Executive Officer Hiroyuki Ina Electronic Systems Business Group,

Tokyo Office

Senior Executive Officer Masahiko Ito Social Solution Business Development Div., AgTech Promotion Div.,

Fleet Air-Conditioning Business Unit

Senior Executive Officer Katsuhisa Shimokawa Powertrain Systems Business Group, Korea
Member of the Board,

Senior Executive Officer

Shoji Tsuzuki Corporate Center, Information Systems Div., Engineering Digital Transformation Div.,

Audit Dept.

Senior Executive Officer Shingo Kuwamura CEO of Asia-Oceania,

DENSO INTERNATIONAL ASIA CO., LTD.

Senior Executive Officer Yoshifumi Kato Engineering Research & Development Center, Digital Innovation
Senior Executive Officer Kazuaki Fujitani Sales and Marketing Group
Senior Executive Officer Yukihiro Shinohara Electrification Systems Business Group
Senior Executive Officer Yoshitaka Kajita CEO of China
Senior Executive Officer Tomokazu Takahashi Global Strategy Center (deputy),

Managing of Japan Region Dept.

Senior Executive Officer Yasuhiro Iida Thermal Systems Business Group,

Taiwan Region, South America

Senior Executive Officer Kenichiro Ito CEO of North America,

DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.

Senior Executive Officer Yasuhiko Yamazaki Production Innovation Center,

Manufacturing of Electronic Systems Business Group

Senior Executive Officer Yasushi Matsui Global Strategy Center,

Finance & Accounting Div.

Senior Executive Officer Hirotsugu Takeuchi Mobility Systems Business Group

 

Executive Officers                                         Changes are underlined

Title Name Responsibility
Executive Officer Masanori Tsuruta DENSO (CHINA) INVESTMENT CO.LTD.
Executive Officer Jiro Ebihara Electrification Systems Business Group(deputy),

Electric Components Business Unit

Executive Officer Yuji Ishizuka Sales Planning Dept., Global Sales Dept.,

Chubu Sales Div.

Executive Officer Hisaaki Sato CEO of Europe, DENSO INTERNATIONAL EUROPE B.V.
Executive Officer Hajime Kumabe J-QuAD DYNAMICS,

Advanced Mobility Systems R&D Div.,

Mechanical & Energy Eng R&D Div.,

Advanced Testing & Evalution Div.,

R&D Tokyo Administration Dept.,

Advanced Mobility Strategy Dept.

Executive Officer Keiko Shimokata Safety Health & Environment Div. (Health & Environment), Health Care Promotion Div.,

DENSO BLOSSOM Co. LTD

Executive Officer Terutaka Kageyama Sales Engineering
Executive Officer Hidehiro Yokoo Global Strategy Div. (Public Relations),

Public Relations Div., Legal Div.,

Tokyo Office (Public Relations)

Executive Officer Yutaka Yamanouchi Production Innovation Planning Div.,

Production Control Div., Facility Div.,

Core Skills Development Div.

Executive Officer Hisashi Iida AD&ADAS Business Unit
Executive Officer Marco Di Rao Marotta Thermal Systems Business of Europe,

DENSO THERMAL SYSTEMS S.p.A.

Executive Officer Sinnosuke Hayashi Electronic Systems Business Group (deputy), Mobility Systems Function Unit,

Basis Electronic Technology Unit,

DENSO CREATE INC.

Executive Officer Yasushi Mukai Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems Business Unit,

Powertrain Systems Business Planning Dept.

Executive Officer Katsuhiko Takeuchi BluE Nexus,

Electrification Systems Development Div.

 

Executive Officer Tomoyuki Arakawa Business Planning of Mobility Systems Business Group,

Mobility Systems Business Planning Dept.

Executive Officer Kazuoki Matsugatani Engineering of North America and Europe
Executive Officer Katsuhiko Sugito Machinery & Tools Div., FA Business Unit,

DENSO WAVE INC.

Executive Officer Koichi Nagaya Quality Control Div.,

Safety Health & Environment Div. (Safety)

Executive Officer Hirotaka Yato DENSO INTERNATIONAL ASIA CO., LTD.(deputy)
Executive Officer Kazuhiro Iwai Secretarial Dept., Human Resources Div., General Admin. Div., Plant General Administration, OMOTENASHI Promoting Dept.
Executive Officer Hiroshi Kondo Electronics Business Unit
Executive Officer Seiji Maeda Motor Business Unit
Executive Officer Eiji Inoue Air-Conditioning Business Unit,

Thermal Systems Product Planning Div.,

Thermal Systems Electronics R&D Div.,

Thermal Management Business Unit

Executive Officer Yoshinobu Tao Purchasing Group(deputy)
Executive Officer Tatsushi Nakashima Gasoline Systems Business Unit, Powertrain Systems Development Div.
Executive Officer Kazutada Yamada Tokyo Sales Div.
Executive Officer Shinichi Nakamizo Manufacturing of North America,

DENSO MANUFACTURING TENNESSEE, INC.

Executive Officer Yasuhisa Sakurai Global Strategy Center (Toyota Group),

Strategy development Dept.

Executive Officer Atsushi Aratake Automotive Solutions Div.,

Customer Service Div.

Executive Officer Stephen Milam Corporate, Powertrain Systems Business and Electrification Systems Business of North America

 

 

About DENSO
DENSO is a $48.1 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today, including Toyota, Honda, FCA, GM, Ford, Volvo, and Mercedes-Benz. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 220 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global

In North America, DENSO employs 24,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 31 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,000+ employees across 12 states and 25 sites. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, in fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/

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DENSO Announces New Executive Structure and Management Changes

KARIYA, JapanFeb. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — DENSO Corporation today announced changes to its executive management structure and personnel. As the auto industry continues to evolve more rapidly than ever, these changes will help DENSO achieve its long-term vision to create and inspire new value for the future of mobility. The new executive structure and management updates will help the world’s second largest mobility supplier operate more efficiently and accelerate its decision-making process.

Specifically, DENSO reduced the number of members on its Board of Directors, delegated authority to execute, and reorganized structure so it can increase operational efficiency and better leverage employees’ strengths. DENSO will also reshuffle its executive management structure and personnel.

“Amid this shift in our industry, DENSO must work together to streamline our internal structure while speeding up our management and execution process in order to bring a better future to as many people as possible,” said President and CEO Koji Arima.

1.    Changes to the Executive Management Structure
DENSO’s Board of Directors decided to change its executive management structure, effective April 1, 2019. For more rapid managerial decision-making and increased operational efficiency, DENSO reduced the executive management team from 55 to 28, which will now consist of the following titles:

  • Chairman
  • President and CEO
  • Executive Vice President
  • Member of the Board
  • Senior Executive Director
  • Audit & Supervisory Board Member

The title of Senior Executive Director will be renamed to “Executive Officer,” and these executives will manage their respective sections as well as address the business issues faced by DENSO. The title of Executive Director will be renamed to “Senior Officer,” and those in the post are required to serve as frontline managers to make decisions quickly on site while exercising their authority over their areas of responsibility.

2. Changes to Executive Management 
To ensure the right people are currently in the appropriate positions, DENSO’s Board of Directors reshuffled its executive management, effective March 1, 2019, and April 1, 2019.

Kazumasa Kimura will resign as executive director as of March 1, 2019. He will be appointed managing executive officer of Toyota Tsusho Corporation.

The following management changes will be effective April 1, 2019:

  • Sadahiro Usui will be appointed as executive vice president.
  • Haruya Maruyama will resign as executive vice president.

The following will be appointed as executive officers:

  • Tomokazu Takahashi, currently a senior executive director, member of the board of JTEKT Corporation
  • Yasuhiro Iida, currently an executive director
  • Kenichiro Ito, currently an executive director
  • Yasuhiko Yamazaki, currently an executive director
  • Yasushi Matsui, currently an executive director
  • Hirotsugu Takeuchi, currently an executive director

Yukihiro Kato will resign as senior executive director.

3.    Executive Management as of April. 1st, 2019 

Member of the Board

*Representative, **Outside

Title

Name

President & CEO*

Koji Arima

Executive Vice President*

Yasushi Yamanaka

Executive Vice President*

Hiroyuki Wakabayashi

Member of the Board,

Executive Officer

Shoji Tsuzuki

Member of the Board

Haruya Maruyama

Member of the Board**

George Olcott

Member of the Board**

Takashi Nawa

 

Executive Vice President

* Member of the Board, • Newly-appointed

Title

Name

Executive Vice President*

Yasushi Yamanaka

Executive Vice President*

Hiroyuki Wakabayashi

Executive Vice President

Toshiyuki Kato

Executive Vice President

Sadahiro Usui

 

Audit & Supervisory Board Member

*Outside

Title

Name

Audit & Supervisory

Board Member

 Atsuhiko Shimmura

Audit & Supervisory

Board Member

Motomi Niwa

Audit & Supervisory

Board Member*

Moritaka Yoshida

Audit & Supervisory

Board Member*

Toshimichi Kondo

Audit & Supervisory

Board Member*

 Noriyuki Matsushima

 

Executive Officer

* Member of the Board, • Newly-appointed

Title

Name

Executive Officer

Hiroyuki Ina

Executive Officer

Masahiko Ito 

Executive Officer

Katsuhisa Shimokawa

Executive Officer*

Shoji Tsuzuki

Executive Officer

Shingo Kuwamura

Executive Officer

Yoshifumi Kato

Executive Officer

Kazuaki Fujitani

Executive Officer

Yukihiro Shinohara

Executive Officer

Yoshitaka Kajita

Executive Officer

Tomokazu Takahashi

Executive Officer

Yasuhiro Iida

Executive Officer

Kenichiro Ito

Executive Officer

Yasuhiko Yamazaki

Executive Officer

Yasushi Matsui

Executive Officer

Hirotsugu Takeuchi

 

About DENSO
DENSO is a $48.1 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 220 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018. For more information about global DENSO, visit https://www.denso.com/global.

In North America, DENSO employs 24,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 31 sites in the U.S, Canadaand Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,000+ employees across 12 states and 25 sites. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, in fiscal year ending March 31, 2018, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career. For more information, go to https://www.denso.com/us-ca/en/.

SOURCE DENSO

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