AKEBONO CORP. NORTH AMERICA -- Arthur Hughes, 42, to director of purchasing.
He was director of global purchasing for Cooper-Standard Automotive, of Auburn Hills, Mich.
Akebono, of Farmington Hills, Mich., supplies brake products and linings.
DENSO CORP. -- Kazu Yanagawa, 48, to vice president of Denso Sales California materials control group.
He has held positions in the procurement, production control and materials management departments at the company.
Denso, of Kariya, Japan, supplies thermal, powertrain control, electronic and electric systems, small motors, telecommunications, industrial and environmental systems.
EATON CORP. -- Rachael Elliott, 43, to customer director of Eaton's General Motors global account team.
She was global director of sales at Dana Corp.'s thermal products division.
Eaton, of Cleveland, supplies superchargers, valves, valvetrain components, cylinder heads, differentials and transmission controls.
FREUDENBERG-NOK -- John Batchik, 48, to vice president of quality. He was vice president of operational excellence for LSG Sky Chefs, of Irving, Texas, where he directed quality, lean manufacturing, product development, and facilities and environmental engineering.
Freudenberg-NOK, of Plymouth, Mich., produces sealing packages for transmissions; brakes; axles; steering; and noise, vibration and harshness components, as well as plastic components for suspension, electrical and fuel systems.
NGK SPARK PLUGS (USA) INC. -- Ann Robinson, to major accounts manager. She was Midwest sales manager for Express Group.
NGK Spark Plugs, of Wixom, Mich., supplies spark plugs and oxygen sensors.
REMY INTERNATIONAL INC. -- Joe Plomin, to senior vice president of sales, marketing and product line management for the company's automotive business.
He was president of the electrical aftermarket business. Jay Pittas will take over that position. He was president of the wolverine gasket business at EaglePicher Inc., of Inkster, Mich.
Remy, of Anderson, Ind., supplies starter motors, alternators and hybrid drive systems.