DENSO Announces Organization, Leadership Updates in North America

DENSO Announces N. America Organization, Leadership Updates

DENSO says the changes, effective Jan. 1, 2023, will enhance its competitiveness, and position it to meet customers' and society's evolving needs.

DENSO announced updates to its business groups, organizational structure and leadership roles and responsibilities in North America that will take effect Jan. 1, 2023.

The moves are designed to strengthen DENSO’s ability to quickly address customers’ and society’s changing needs and bolster the company’s Two Great Causes: Green – achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 – and Peace of Mind – creating a safe and seamless world for all.  

DENSO explains its business units will organize under two business groups aligned with Green and Peace of Mind, serving as a hub for strategic business and product development.

Andrew Clemence will lead the Green Business Group, which will oversee efficiency-enabling technologies like thermal, electrification and motor solutions.

Chuntao Ye will lead the Peace of Mind Business Group, which will lead advanced mobility technology development, including safety and connected solutions.

In its Manufacturing sector, Shinichi Nakamizo will centralize responsibility for regional manufacturing operations in his continued role as Chief Manufacturing Officer. 

DENSO also announced the following Executive Leadership Changes, in support of the evolution of its business group and central manufacturing efforts in North America:

Manufacturing, Shinichi Nakamizo, Chief Manufacturing Officer  

Green Business Group, Andrew Clemence, Green Business Leader 

Quality Engineering, Pat Bassett, Function Head for Quality Engineering

Research & Development, Shinichiro Nakamura, Function Head for Research & Development 

DENSO in Maryville, Tennessee, &  Peace of Mind  Business Group, Chuntao Ye, DENSO in Maryville President & Peace of Mind Business Leader  

Engine Injection Components, Mitsuru Ban, Business Unit Leader for Engine Injection Components   

South Sub-Region (SSR) & DENSO in Athens, Tennessee, Marty Deschenes, SSR Leader & President of DENSO in Athens 

North America Thermal Manufacturing & DENSO’s Thermal Manufacturing Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan, Shuichi Kamakura, North America Thermal Manufacturing Leader & President of DENSO’s Thermal Manufacturing Facility in Battle Creek 

DENSO also named these site leaders, who will serve in the following roles:

DENSO in Guelph, OntarioJohn KlassenManufacturing Leader and President of DENSO in Guelph
DENSO in AthensDonovan PierceVice President of Operations in Athens
DENSO’s Thermal Manufacturing Facility in Battle CreekJon RugeVice President of Operations at DENSO’s Thermal Facility in Battle Creek
DENSO in MaryvilleChris Ramsey Vice President of Operations at DENSO in Maryville
DENSO in MaryvilleMark MosesVice President of Electrification Systems at DENSO in Maryville
North America Thermal Business Planning & DENSO’s Thermal Manufacturing Facility in Battle CreekMatt BridenVice President of North America Thermal Business Planning and DENSO’s Thermal Facility in Battle Creek 

For more information, visit

You May Also Like

Navistar Names Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

Tobias Glitterstam will be the steward for strategy implementation and he will accelerate sustainability efforts.

Tobias Glitterstam has been named senior vice president, chief strategy and transformation officer at Navistar. This new role will report to Mathias Carlbaum, president and CEO.

As a member of Navistar's executive leadership team, Glitterstam will be the steward for strategy implementation and he will accelerate sustainability efforts. He will lead corporate strategy, communications and government relations, as well as a newly established team for mobility solutions. Mobility solutions will capture market opportunities in the future of zero-emissions transportation, with an immediate priority on charging solutions. The team will emphasize Navistar's position within the transportation value chain, as well as define the company's role in the autonomous ecosystem.

FullSpeed Automotive Names VP of Ops for Grease Monkey Brand

Brian Michel steps into this leadership role having worked for FullSpeed for 10 years.

NuVinAir Promotes Marty Schoenthaler to President

Schoenthaler joined NuVinAir from Tate Boys Tire & Service in 2021.

Velocity Modern Classics Names Chief Revenue Officer

Tom Maxwell joins the company with over seven years of experience in the custom vehicle space.

MEMA Names New DEI Head, Renews DEI Focus

April Buford will help provide a roadmap to assist members in engaging in their own DEI journey.

Other Posts

MEMA Names John Chalifoux Chief Sustainability Officer

Chalifoux will also serve as chief operating officer of the MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers membership group.

NEXUS Automotive International Creates Ecommerce Business Unit

Robbie Stevens named head of Ecommerce Business Unit.

Hyzon Motors Appoints President of International Operations

John Edgley brings more than 20 years of experience in global operations, business development, investment and sustainability.

MEMA Names Executive Director of Strategy and Research

Mike Jackson’s expanded role will support all segments of MEMA, including the OE, aftermarket, remanufacturing, commercial vehicle and government affairs.