DENSO Announces Senior Management Change: New President & CEO for Europe

DENSO Announces Senior Management Change: New President & CEO for Europe

KARIYA (Japan) ― After its 93th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, DENSO Corporation effectuated senior management changes today. As a result, DENSO can announce that Sadahiro Usui will replace Masato Nakagawa as President and Chief Executive Officer of DENSO International Europe. He also holds a Senior Executive Director position at DENSO Corporation.

Masato Nakagawa will focus on his role as Chief Technology Officer in Europe, while concurrently holding an Executive Director position at DENSO Corporation.

Sadahiro Usui will be joining DENSO EUROPE B.V. from Southfield, Michigan, USA. In the last two years, he was Chairman of DENSO’s North American Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of DENSO International America, Inc. Usui oversaw all North American group companies and affiliates, and was responsible for strengthening the DENSO brand in North America.


In 1981, Usui began his career in the Overseas Operations Division at DENSO Corp. (formerly Nippondenso Co., Ltd.), where he helped launch a project for DENSO’s first full-scale local production of air conditioners in North America. As a result of this project, in 1986 DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc. started production and became a model for additional manufacturing plants in North America.

In 1990, Usui began a seven year delegation at DENSO Europe B.V., where he was involved in various overseas business projects, including the acquisition of DENSO Marston (formerly IMI Radiators, Ltd.) and DENSO Thermal Systems (formerly Magneti Marelli Climatizzazione).

In June 2007, Usui was appointed to Executive Director of the Corporate Function Division. In July 2012, Usui became responsible for the Engine Electrical Systems Business Unit. He was involved in improving the profitability of several overseas DENSO group companies and helped develop the 2020 long-term business plan for the this Business Unit. And in July 2014, he was appointed as Head of DENSO North America.

Usui earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Nagoya University in Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Japan.





DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technologies, 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 151,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totalled €34.8 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development.

Alongside a focus on product quality and innovation, DENSO places particular importance on environmental and safety and security concerns, and on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.

In Europe, DENSO employs around 15,500 people, with consolidated sales totalling € 4.5 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. DENSO’s European operations include sales offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. In addition, the company operates manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the U.K. DENSO has two technical centres in Germany and engineering bases in Italy, the United Kingdom and Sweden where engineers carry out intensive research into new technologies prior to their market launch.

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