DENSO Corp. has anounced executive management changes, including the retirement of Hikaru “Howard” Sugi, DENSO International America Inc. (DIAM) CEO and chairman of DENSO’s North American Board of Directors.
Sugi helped strengthen the company’s North American business structure over the past three years. He will now serve as North American chairman emeritus to support with the transition in leadership.
Replacing Sugi will be Sadahiro “Sam” Usui. Located in Southfield, Mich., Usui will oversee all North American group companies and affiliates. Usui will continue to serve as executive director of DENSO Corp.
Kazumasa “Kaz” Kimura will now serve as president of DIAM, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of business related to original equipment manufacturer customers for DENSO in the Americas. He will also continue to serve as chief operating officer of DIAM and executive director of DENSO Corp.
Doug Patton has been promoted to executive vice president of DIAM’s Engineering Division. As executive vice president and chief technical officer, he will oversee operation of development facilities, testing and technical services, engineering administration and the company’s product engineering. He previously served as senior vice president. In addition, he has been appointed to senior director of DENSO Corp.
Jack Helmbolt, president and CEO of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, has been appointed to executive director of DENSO Corp. He previously served as senior director. In addition to overseeing operations for DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, he is responsible for developing overall strategy and direction of North American information and safety business and assisting with DENSO’s manufacturing strategy development.