DETROIT -- Toyota-affiliated supplier Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd. has appointed Masayasu “Mike” Saito as president of its North American operations, company spokesman Joe Rohatynski said today.
Saito’s responsibilities include Aisin World Corp. and Aisin Holdings of America, along with sales and logistical operations in Detroit and Laredo, Texas. Automotive News first reported plans for Saito’s appointment on Aug. 23.
Saito has worked for Aisin for 30 years, where he was a part of its North American research teams. Former Aisin North American president, Kenji Tsujimura, returns to Japan as director of Aisin Light Metals.
Aisin also has appointed several executive vice presidents in North America. Takashi Araki will function as Aisin’s executive vice president, overseeing North American and European sales in North America.
Tsukasa Ito, former head of Aisin Automotive Casting in London, Ky., will function as the executive vice president of the supplier’s manufacturing support group.
John Koenig, a former Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. executive, has been appointed to Aisin World Corp. of America as the executive vice president over aftermarket sales and external affairs.
Koenig told The Detroit News today that Toyota Motor Corp. is the company’s top customer overall, but the supplier operates in Detroit because General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group also are major customers. Toyota holds 23 percent of Aisin stock and accounts for 65 percent of total sales.
Aisin also appointed Shingo Sanjo as the executive vice president, responsible for sales with Asian automakers.
Atsushi Onishi has been appointed as treasurer of Aisin World Corp. of America and Aisin Holdings.
Aisin ranks No. 3 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global parts suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of an estimated $20.58 billion in its 2009 fiscal year. The company sells a wide range of automotive parts including body systems, and brake and chassis systems.
In a recent press release, Aisin said its companies currently employ 8,000 people in North America.