Veteran DENSO executive Norihito “Jack” Tanahashi named to new post
LONG BEACH, Calif. – DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc., an affiliate of leading global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., has named Norihito “Jack” Tanahashi as senior vice president of Original Equipment Supplier (OES) Sales. Tanahashi oversees DENSO Products and Services Americas sales of DENSO original equipment (OE) products to all the major automakers.
Addition of the high-level position reflects the ongoing growth of DENSO Products and Services Americas in more markets across the two continents. It is also the latest chapter in Tanahashi’s rise over nearly 30 years in DENSO sales operations.
Tanahashi joined DENSO in 1988 after graduating from Doshisha University Law School in Kyoto. He started in the Hiroshima branch in aftermarket sales before moving into OE sales, supplying Mazda vehicles with DENSO automotive parts.
In 1995, Tanahashi began a series of overseas assignments supplying new Toyota vehicles with DENSO OE automotive parts. He transferred to DENSO Europe where he was posted first in the U.K., then in Amsterdam. In 2000, he established DENSO’s Toyota sales office in Brussels.
In 2006, Tanahashi returned to Japan to serve as general manager of Toyota sales at DENSO corporate headquarters. In 2010, he was promoted to president of DENSO Sales Australia and later vice president of DENSO Australia. Prior to joining DENSO Products and Services Americas, he was general manager of DENSO OE sales for Mitsubishi.
Tanahashi became senior vice president of OES Sales at DENSO Products and Services Americas in January. He works out of the company’s new office in Plano, Texas, as well as its headquarters in Long Beach, Calif.
About DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc.
DENSO Products and Services Americas, Inc. is an automotive components sales, remanufacturing and distribution company that employs 500 people in Long Beach and Murrieta, Calif. The company’s product line includes heavy-duty and automotive alternators, starters, oil, cabin and air filters, spark plugs, AC compressors, oxygen sensors, ignition wires, fuel pumps, fuel injectors and wiper blades. DENSO Products and Services Americas supplies parts for original equipment service dealers, independent aftermarket service centers and retailers. In addition, the company distributes heavy-duty diesel and electrical components, portable commercial air-conditioning units and industrial robots. For more information, go to www.densoautoparts.com.
About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totaled US$40.2 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.globaldenso.com or visit our media website.
About DENSO in North America
In North America, DENSO employs more than 22,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 14,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com.
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