Denso reshuffles European management

June 06, 2012 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Denso International Europe, the regional subsidiary of Japanese automotive tier one Denso Corporation, has appointed new management at its Customer Sales Units. Concurrently, the organisation is strengthening its engineering structure through the appointment of two new leaders. The changes are already effective as of June 1, 2012.

Yoshio Kano has replaced Takatoshi Fukui as the Head of Daimler (DAG) & BMW Sales. Mr. Kano has been with Denso since 1987. He moves to Eching, Germany, from Paris, France, where he served as President of Denso sales France S.A.R.L. In earlier European assignments, Kano worked for Denso in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Belgium. Fukui has a new position within Denso do Brasil.

Philip de Wolf has added the responsibility of President of Denso Sales France to his current position as President of Denso Sales Sweden AB. De Wolf will now lead the teams handling all Scandinavian and French Customer Sales Units globally. In Sweden, Satoru Wada has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Volvo Customer Sales Unit. De Wolf has been with Denso since 1988, serving in continuously elevating positions at Denso Sales UK Ltd and Denso sales Sweden. He will move to Paris, sharing his time between France and Göteborg, Sweden.

Masato (Max) Nakagawa has been appointed Head of Denso International Europe Engineering Group and Chief Technology Officer, replacing Hitoshi Tasaka, who is returning to Japan. Nakagawa will continue to be the Managing Director of the company's Aachen Engineering Centre (AEC) in Wegberg, Germany, heading the advanced engineering activities.

A 32-year Denso veteran, Nakagawa started his European assignment in 2003 preparing for the opening of AEC, Denso's first powertrain engineering centre outside of Japan. In 2010 AEC was expanded to nearly triple its size and doubling the number of engineers.

After 13 years in the United States, Hiroto Uesaka will move from Denso International America, Inc. to AEC, to take on the responsibility of Head of the Information & Safety Engineering Unit.

In Europe, information and safety engineering will become the third core competency for Denso, next to its market leading thermal engineering and rapidly expanding powertrain engineering – including hybrid and electric vehicle system development.

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