DENSO Announces Management Changes in European Sales and Engineering Organisations

DENSO Announces Management Changes in European Sales and Engineering Organisations

WEESP, The Netherlands – DENSO INTERNATIONAL EUROPE, the regional headquarters of 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 effective as of June 1, 2012.


Mr. Yoshio Kano (right) has replaced Mr. 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, Mr. Kano worked for DENSO in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Belgium.

Mr. Fukui has a new position within DENSO DO BRASIL LTDA.

Mr. Philip de Wolf (left) has added the responsibility of President of DENSO SALES FRANCE to his current position as President of DENSO SALES SWEDEN AB. Mr. de Wolf will now lead the teams handling all Scandinavian and French Customer Sales Units globally. In Sweden, Mr. Satoru Wada has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Volvo Customer Sales Unit.

Mr. 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.



Mr. Masato (Max) Nakagawa (right) has been appointed Head of DENSO INTERNATIONAL EUROPE Engineering Group and Chief Technology Officer, replacing Mr. Hitoshi Tasaka, who is returning to Japan. Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Hiroto Uesaka will move from DENSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC. to AEC, to take on the responsibility of Head of the Information & Safety Engineering Unit. (No photo available)

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.

Remarks Mr. Yoshikazu Makino, President and CEO, DENSO INTERNATIONAL EUROPE: “Although the market situation is tough, we are in the right position to strengthen our structure in Europe. These new appointments will allow us to further deepen the collaboration with our customers – in sales, as well as engineering”.

DENSO CORPORATION, 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, electric, 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 35 countries and regions, and employs approximately 120,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, totalled € 28.7 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.5 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development.

DENSO INTERNATIONAL EUROPE– the regional headquarters of DENSO CORPORATION – is based in Weesp, the Netherlands. Including both OE and aftermarket activities, the company now has a total of 21 manufacturing sites and eight principal sales offices across Europe with over 13,000 employees. DENSO has engineering laboratories and testing centres in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden and France where engineers carry out intensive research and develop into new technologies prior to their market launch. Consolidated European sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, totalled € 3.6 billion. For more information, go to