DETROIT -- Yazaki Corp.'s North American operation is putting more Americans into senior positions.
Last week, Yazaki North America Inc. named two women as presidents of customer business units -- part of a broad realignment of the company's executive team.
Colleen Haley was named president of the Ford Motor Co. business unit. Barbara Long was name president of the DaimlerChrysler AG business units. Last month, Haley was on Automotive News' list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry.
"Five or six years ago we committed to transferring from a Japanese management to a North American management for our largest growth area," said George Perry, Yazaki North America's chief executive. "This rotation is just another stop in both the education and development of these top executives and taking a new look at what we do."
Based in Canton, Mich., Yazaki North America produces electrical distribution systems, electronics, instrumentation, sensors and other components. With sales last year of $2.8 billion, the Japanese-owned company ranks 14th on Automotive News' list of North American suppliers.
Corporate parent Yazaki Corp., ranked 17th on the Automotive News list of top 100 global suppliers with sales of $7.4 billion.
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