Denso Corp. has named Yoshikazu Makino as its new president and CEO for Europe. Makino comes to Europe from Denso's headquarters in Kariya, Japan, where he was head of the company's global business planning division.
In that role he helped strengthen the supplier's regional management capabilities in China, India and Brazil, the company said in a statement.
Makino takes over at Denso International Europe BV's regional headquarters in Weesp, Netherlands, starting today, June 22. He succeeds Shigehiro Nishimura, who has been named head of Denso's Asia-Pacific region.
Makino joined Denso in 1978 after receiving a bachelor's degree in engineering from Yokohama National University. His first job with Denso was in the air conditioning engineering division, where he helped develop air conditioning components such as heat exchangers and actuators.
After earning an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1987, Makino was transferred to Michigan Automotive Compressor Inc., a U.S.-based joint venture between Toyota Industries Corp. and Denso. During his tenure, he was responsible for business planning. In 1994, he returned to Japan where he held a number of management roles before being named an executive director in the company in 2005. Two years later he was named president of Denso International Asia, which is based in Singapore and responsible for the company's Asia-Oceania business. He held led that business until June 2009, which is when he took on the job in the global business planning division.
Denso ranks No. 2 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers, with sales to automakers of about $32.9 billion in 2010. Europe accounted for 3.55 billion euros (about $5.05 billion) of that total, the company said. Denso employs approximately 13,000 people in Europe.