DENSO Announces North American Executive Personnel Changes

DENSO Announces North American Executive Personnel Changes

The changes were made to support DENSO's expansion and growth in the North American region.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – DENSO has announced changes to its North American executive management team. These changes support DENSO’s expansion and growth in the North American region.
Mike Brackett, senior vice president of corporate services at DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, has assumed the roles of vice president of North American corporate planning and vice president of North American human resources at DENSO International America Inc. In these roles, Brackett will be working at both DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, Tenn., and DENSO International America, in Southfield, Mich. He is responsible for strengthening the competitiveness of North American business operations, as well as establishing the direction for human resources within the region.
Dave Grimmer, vice president of DENSO Manufacturing Michigan Inc., also will now serve as a lead for North American Production and Promotions Center at DENSO International America Inc. in Southfield. Grimmer will manage North American core projects and support plants in order to strengthen DENSO’s manufacturing foundation.
Steve Milam was appointed president of DENSO Manufacturing Canada Inc., and vice president of business planning and accounting for DENSO’s Thermal Americas Center. In this dual role, Milam will seek to achieve extreme efficiency at DENSO Manufacturing Canada through implementation of lean principles.
Roger Berg has assumed additional responsibility as vice president of North American research and development at DENSO International America’s Silicon Valley, Calif., office. Complementing work being done at its North America Research and Development center in Vista, Calif., he will now also lead the development of new product ideas for non-automotive, aftermarket, light vehicle and heavy-duty business. Previously, Berg served as vice president of wireless technologies.
Tom Esser was promoted to vice president of Ford Global Sales at DENSO International America. Located in Southfield, he is responsible for overseeing global sales and marketing activities, including sales expansion and management of the group. Previously, Esser served as director of Ford Global Sales.
Dr. Gary Horvat has joined DENSO International America Inc., in Southfield, as vice president of powertrain and electrical hardware and systems. In this role, he is responsible for the design, development and application of powertrain products for North American automotive customers.

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