DENSO Announces North American Executive Personnel Changes

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December 21, 2015

-Changes to the Thermal Americas Center Group and Aftermarket Business Arm -

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – As global automotive supplier DENSO continues to strengthen and expand its footprint in North America, the company is committed to regional and global leadership development. DENSO is pleased to announce the following North American management changes:

Steve Milam will serve as chief executive officer (CEO) of DENSO’s North America Thermal Systems Center (TAC). Effective January 1, 2016, he will be responsible for overseeing all thermal business operations for DENSO in North America. Previously, Milam was chief operating officer of DENSO’s TAC Business Group and president of DENSO Manufacturing Canada (DMCN) in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The position was previously held by Shingo Kuwamura, who will assume a new position to be announced at a later date.

Rich vanOorschot will serve as president of DMCN, effective January 1, 2016. In his new role, he will be responsible for all functions including Manufacturing, Engineering, Human Resources, Business Planning and Production Control. Previously, he served as plant director at DMCN.

Joseph Mejaly has been named senior vice president of Sales for DENSO Products & Services America, effective December 1. In the newly created position, Mejaly is responsible for the development and execution of the sales expansion strategy for all DENSO aftermarket products and services, as well as the company’s nonautomotive robotics, air conditioning and heating, and automated data capture divisions. The new position strengthens our overall operations as our aftermarket team continues to grow.

About DENSO:
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 and 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 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, totaled US$35.9 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.2 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, or visit our media website at

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$8.0 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. For more information, go to

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