DENSO Announces Organization, Executive Structure and Management Changes

Changes support building a more flexible organization and accelerating decision making

KARIYA, Japan. (Dec. 7 2020) – DENSO, a leading mobility supplier, today announced changes to its organization, executive structure and personnel, effective January 1, 2021.

This year, DENSO has faced a dual challenge: the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and quality-related issues. That is why DENSO launched "Reborn 21," an internal plan to revolutionize operations to provide new value to society and customers and rebuild quality, which is the foundation of management and credibility. By the end of March 2021, DENSO aims to recommit to maximizing its pillars of "green" (environmentally friendly) and "peace of mind" (safer world for all) and transition to a leaner and more robust corporate structure.

The changes to DENSO’s organization and executive structure will help the company respond flexibly to changes in the business environment and accelerate the speed of decision-making.

Planning and Implementing Strategies to Maximize the Value of "Green" and "Peace of Mind"
DENSO’s Long-term Policy 2030 includes the concept of "Bringing hope for the future for our planet, society and all people." The company will rethink and redefine its activities around “green” and “peace of mind”; expand mobility, manufacturing and society-focused business domains; and execute strategies designed to strengthen the following:

  • Green
    • Realizing a carbon-neutral manufacturing industry
  • Peace of Mind
    • Eliminating traffic accidents and realizing freedom of mobility for all
    • Establishing a society where people are supported and their potential is nurtured
    • Creating peaceful, comfortable spaces

Transitioning to a Leaner and more Robust Corporate Structure
DENSO has instituted a Core & Customization Strategy, which comprehensively plans products and services in response to the needs of customers around the world. This allows the company to respond to diverse needs while achieving operational efficiency thorough standardization.

In addition, DENSO will continue to promote the digitalization of its business operations and transform its approach to streamlined and speedy work.

The industry is shifting from products to services and from hardware to software, so it is critical for companies to become more flexible and resilient in order to consistently provide new value to customers and consumers. DENSO will tackle these challenges through its organization and strategies and optimizing its employees’ skills and abilities.

Organizational Changes

1. Establishing Divisions that Report Directly to the President and Accelerating Development of Technologies in Key Focus Areas and Future Business Opportunities

  1. To achieve a carbon-neutral manufacturing industry that includes the products DENSO develops and manufactures, as well as the production activities of its plants and facilities, the company will establish the Environment Neutral Systems Development Division and FC (Fuel Cell) System Business Development Division.
  2. To accelerate smart cities, DENSO will establish the Solution Planning for Smart City Department. Functions related to smart cities will be integrated, and the department will control and lead all activities related to this area.
  3. To strengthen abilities and expand areas utilizing software, DENSO will establish the Software Innovation Department. The department will lead the company’s software reformation activities. 

2. Reorganizing production and procurement-related functions and strengthening manufacturing capabilities and competitiveness of production goods

  1. To advance its manufacturing strategy and strengthen the core and competitiveness of production supply, DENSO will integrate production and procurement into the Global Production Center. The center will build a global strategy for DENSO, including group companies and suppliers around the world.
  2. To strengthen the core of global manufacturing, DENSO will establish the Production Engineering R&D Center. This center will develop production technologies that achieve "green" and "peace of mind."
  3. To strengthen the ability to provide manufacturing solutions, DENSO will set up a new Industrial Solution Business Unit. This is an integration of DENSO’s FA (Factory Automation) Business Unit and other functions related to production goods.

3. Reorganizing sales functions and strengthening solutions business

  1. To strengthen the automobile and social solutions business, DENSO will create a new Solution Sales & Marketing Group. This group will include aftermarket sales and services function, which will be spun off from DENSO’s current Sales & Marketing Group. That group will be renamed OEM Sales & Marketing Group.

Changes to Executive Structure and Executives

1.   Changes to Executive Structure

DENSO is changing its global executive structure to quicken management decision making and execution, and build a more flexible organization:

  • Consolidating four tiers – Executive Vice President, Senior Executive Officer, Executive Officer and Executive Fellow and Senior Director – into two tiers: Senior Executive Officer and Senior Director.
  • Integrating the positions of Executive Officer, Executive Fellow and Senior Director into Senior Director, paving the way for new executives to experience a wide range of executive positions.

2. Changes to the Exectives

Name                                                        New                                                       Current
Yasushi Yamanaka                           Member of the Board                             Member of the Board, Executive Vice President
Hiroyuki Wakabayashi                      Member of the Board                             Member of the Board, Executive Vice President
Toshiyuki Kato                                 Senior Executive Officer                         Executive Vice President
Sadahiro Usui                   Member of the Board, Senior Executive Officer    Member of the Board, Executive Vice President
Yoshitaka Kajita                                   Retirement                                                    Senior Executive Officer
Jiro Ebihara                                  Senior Executive Officer                                            Executive Officer
Shinnosuke Hayashi                      Senior Executive Officer                                           Executive Officer

Structure of President of CEO and Senior Exective Offcers as of Juanuray 1st
Changes are underlined

Title                                      Name                                                New                                       Current
President & CEO               Koji Arima                                               -                                                -
Senior Executive Officer Toshiyuki Kato                          Toyota, Toyota Group                CCO, Toyota, Toyota Group, GM of Olympic and                     
                                                                                                                                                   Paralympic Games Preparation Dept.
Member of the Board,         Sadahiro Usui     CRO, Overseas Business Development, Korea    CRO, Alliance, Head of Purchasing Group, Overseas 
Senior Executive Officer                                                                                                                   Business Development, Korea
Senior Executive Officer        Hiroyuki Ina                Sensor Business Unit,                  Head of Sensor & Semiconductor Business Group, Tokyo Office
                                                                             Semiconductor Business Unit, Tokyo Office
Senior Executive Officer   Katsuhisa Shimokawa      CMzOProduction Eng. R&D Center,            Head of Powertrain Systems Business Group
                                                                                    Global Production Center
                                                                                Industrial Solution Business Unit
Senior Executive Officer           Shoji Tsuzuki                CISO, Head of IT Digital Center                                CISO, Head of IT Digital Center
Senior Executive Officer           Yoshifumi Kato     CTOHead of Research Development Center,    CSO, Head of Engineering Research & 
                                                                    Advanced Mobility Systems Business Development Div.,    Development Center,
                                                                            Solution Planning for Smart City Dept.,         Advanced Mobility Systems Business Development Div.
                                                                      AD Business of Mobility Systems Business Group,  AD Business of Mobility Systems Business Group, 
                                                                                             President of MIRISE Technologies              President of MIRISE TechnologiesSenior
Executive Officer      Shingo Kuwamura                        Asia-Oceania (Deputy)                          CEO of Asia-Oceania, President of DENSO                   
                                                                                                                                                                        INTERNATIONAL ASIA CO., LTD.
Senior Executive Officer   Kazuaki Fujitani             Head of OEM Sales &  Marketing Group,                    Head of Sales & Marketing Group
                                                                                   Solution Sales & Marketing Group
Senior Executive Officer  Yukihiro Shinohara CCRO, CQOHead of Safety, Quality & Environment Center, CCRO, Corporate Strategy, Corporate                                                                                   Environment Neutral Systems Development Div.,                      Management
                                                                             FC System Business Development Div. CV&OH Div.
Senior Executive Officer   Yasuhiro Iida                 Head of Global Production Center         Head of Thermal Systems Business Group, South America
Senior Executive Officer   Kenichiro Ito                   CHRO, Head of General Administration        CEO of North America, President of DENSO             
                                                                                            & Human Resource Center                        INTERNATIONAL AMERICA, INC.
Senior Executive Officer Yasuhiko Yamazaki              Head of Thermal Systems Business Group             CMO, Head of Production Innovation           
                                                                                                                                                                  Center, Manufacturing of Sensor &                     
                                                                                                                                                                   Semiconductor Business Group
Senior Executive Officer     Yasushi Matsui                    CFO, Head of Corporate Strategy Center,       CFO, Head of Corporate Strategy Center, 
                                                                                               Group Companies of Japan                       Head of Corporate Management Center,                                                                                                                                                                               Group Companies of Japan
Senior Executive Officer    Hirotsugu Takeuchi          Head of Mobility Systems Business Group         Head of Mobility Electronics Business Group
Senior Executive Officer    Hidehiro Yokoo                 Head of Legal, External Affairs &                              Head of Legal, External Affairs &                   
                                                                      Communications Center, Tokyo Office(External Affairs),   Communications Center, 
                                                                           Audit Dept., Managing of Japan Region Dept.,                 Tokyo Office(External Affairs), Audit Dept., 
                                                                                  Food Value Chain Business Development Div.        Managing of Japan Region Dept., 
                                                                                                                                                                 Social Solution Business Development Div.,       
                                                                                                                                                               Food Value Chain Business Development Div.
Senior Executive Officer  Jiro Ebihara           Head of Electrification Systems Business Group               Head of Electrification Systems Business Group
Senior Executive Officer  Shinnosuke Hayashi    CSwO, GM of Software Innovation Dept.,        CSwO, Electronics Platform & Software of Mobility
                                                                                     Head  of Electronics PF /                                Electronics Business Group, 
                                                                           Software in Mobility Systems Group,                     President of DENSO CREATE INC.
                                                                                 President of DENSO CREATE INC.
Reference:Official name of CxO
CRO: Chief Risk Officer
CFO: Chief Financial Officer
CCRO: Chief Corporate Revolution Officer
CTO: Chief Technology Officer
CHRO: Chief Human Resources Officer
CQO: Chief Quality Officer
CMzO: Chief Monozukuri Officer
CSwO: Chief Software Officer
CISO: Chief Information Security Officer

DENSO is a $47.6 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 200 facilities to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company’s 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.9 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. For more information about global DENSO, visit

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