Denso makes changes in North American executive management

UPDATED: 6/23/14 10:46 am ET -- Corrects Denso misspelling

DETROIT -- Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso Corp. said Sadahiro “Sam” Usui is the new chairman and CEO of its North American unit based in suburban Detroit. 

Usui replaces Hikaru "Howard" Sugi in the position. Sugi is retiring after heading Denso International America Inc. for the past three years.

Usui will also continue to serve as an executive director of the Japanese parent. He previously served as the Denso Corp.’s managing officer for its engine electrical systems planning department and nonexecutive director of Denso India Ltd.

Kazumasa Kimura, Denso International’s COO, has also been promoted to president and will oversee the firm’s automaker customers in the Americas.

Doug Patton, chief technology officer for Denso International, has been promoted to executive vice president and CTO and will oversee the company’s research and development operations. Effective July 1, Patton will also become a senior director of Denso Corp.

Denso ranks No. 2 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with estimated worldwide sales to automakers of $35.85 billion during its 2013 fiscal year.

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