DENSO Corp. has named Jack Helmboldt president of its DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee (DMTN) operations in Maryville, Tenn. This will be a dual role as Helmboldt will continue to serve as corporate senior director for DENSO Corp.

Helmboldt succeeds Yoshihiro “Van” Saka, who was reassigned to a DENSO-affiliate company in Japan where he will serve as president. Helmboldt is the first American to be named president of the company’s Maryville operations.

Helmboldt has been with DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee for 24 years. He began his DENSO career as production manager in DMTN’s Instrument Cluster Division. The company says his appointment represents a continued emphasis on localization of North American leadership, as well as the localization of technology.

The Maryville location is currently a $1.3 billion investment providing original high-technology components to the major automotive manufacturers.

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, power-train control, electric, electronics and information and safety.

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