DETROIT -- After 3½ years as head of Denso Corp.s North American operations, Mitsuo Matsushita will retire effective Dec. 31.
Matsushita, 59, took over as Denso International America CEO in July 2004 after a two-year stint as COO.Matsushitas retirement marks the end of a nearly 37-year career with Denso. Before his tenure with Densos North American operations, Matsushita was executive vice president of Denso International Europe B.V. from January 2000 to June 2002.
Matsushita will be replaced by Kenji Ohya, Denso Corp. senior managing director. Ohya will continue to lead Denso sales operations as senior managing director of Denso Corp.s Sales Group .
Ohya, 58, joined Denso in 1972, and held a number of sales positions before being promoted to general manager of the Application Component Sales Department in 1994. He was named a managing officer of Denso in 2004 before taking his most recent position as Sales Group leader in June.
Denso, of Kariya-Aichi, Japan, ranks No. 3 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with estimated sales of $24.0 billion in 2006.