DENSO Products and Services Americas Announces Organizational Changes

Org. Changes Coming at DENSO Products & Services Americas 

Aftermarket team bids farewell to two longtime executive leaders, Richard Shiozaki and Fran Labun.

DENSO Products and Services Americas Inc., an affiliate of global mobility supplier DENSO Corp., has announced the retirement of Senior Vice President Richard Shiozaki and Vice President of Sales Fran Labun. The aftermarket automotive arm of DENSO, whose groups include commercial and industrial products and services, also announced recent promotions and changes to its organizational structure.

On May 31, Shiozaki will retire after 37 years of service. During his final two months with DENSO, Shiozaki is serving as an executive adviser to the company. Labun is retiring March 31 after 41 years of service.

“We thank and celebrate Richard Shiozaki and Fran Labun for their leadership that has strengthened every aspect of our company,” said Hirokatsu Yamashita, president of DENSO Products and Services Americas. “Their many contributions include building a strong management team prepared to fill their shoes and guide us into the future.”

Replacing Labun is Steve Corey, who has already moved into the role of as vice president and general manager. Corey, who has been with DENSO more than 32 years, served as director of Independent Aftermarket Sales prior to his promotion. 

In November 2022, Alex Merlina was named senior manager of Commercial and Industrial Solutions (CIS) unit, responsible for DENSO’s Heat Management, Robotics and Automatic Data Capture departments. Merlina, who has more than 25 years of experience with DENSO’s original equipment manufacturing and aftermarket business operations, was manager of project management prior to his promotion.

In mid-February, oversight of the CIS unit was assigned to Senior Vice President Norihito Tanahashi. Tanahashi, who has nearly 36 years with DENSO, also is responsible the Original Equipment Sales unit, which he has led since 2017. 

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