This week, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America, Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, visited DENSO’s regional headquarters in Southfield, Mich.
It was an opportunity for the Ambassador to learn more about DENSO, our technology, commitment to sustainability, and future direction. While it was the Ambassador’s first trip to Michigan, he’s no stranger to DENSO, having visited DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee earlier this year. This trip was a follow-up to continue to strengthen our relationship with him, and to share more about our R&D capabilities and thermal footprint in the region.
Ambassador Sugiyama was joined by Consul General Tsutomu Nakagawa and Consul Yuki Ebihara of the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, and First Secretary Takafumi Iwasaki of the Embassy of Japan in the United States.
“It was a special opportunity to host the Ambassador, Consul Generals and First Secretary, on the day of DENSO’s 70th anniversary,” said Robert Townsend, Vice President of Corporate Services. “We recognized DENSO’s strong history and bright future. The Ambassador was especially interested in DENSO’s commitment to our associates, our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the technology and innovation we’re developing right here in North America.”
In addition to formal presentations and discussion, our guests experienced DENSO’s Intelligent Comfort Demonstration and toured our technical testing chambers.
Those representing DENSO at the meeting included:
Kenichiro Ito, North America President & CEO
Kazuoki Matsugatani, Executive Officer, R&D
Stephen Milam, Executive Officer, Corporate Function, Powertrain, Electrification
Makoto Hasegawa, Group Head, VP, Corporate Finance
Andris Staltmanis, CEO of DENSO Manufacturing Michigan
Mr. Keishima, President of DENSO TEN
Makoto Tanaka, Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Robert Townsend, VP, Corp. Services
Julie Kerr, Sr. Manager, Corporate Communications
Jennifer Heckmann, Sr. Program Manager, Government Affairs