In a rare case of a non-Japanese outsider taking charge of a Japanese auto supplier, Craig Naylor will become CEO of NSG Group, the former Nippon Sheet Glass Co.
Naylor, 61, joined NSG Group on May 1 as CEO-designate, pending election to his new post by shareholders June 29. He will replace Katsuji Fujimoto, who moves up to the ceremonial post of chairman. Former Chairman Yozo Izuhara is retiring.
Naylor, a U.S. citizen, graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He had been a nonexecutive director of Delphi Corp. from February 2005 through September 2009 and spent 36 years at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.
Naylor held a variety of positions at DuPont, including regional director of DuPont Automotive for Asia-Pacific, based in Japan, from 1987 to 1991; group vice president for Asia-Pacific, based in China, in 2004; and group vice president of DuPont Electronic and Communication Technologies from June 2004 until December 2006.
Automotive glass accounts for about 40 percent of NSG's sales.