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Denso shakes up North American exec. team


April 14, 2015
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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April 14, 2015 – Global automotive supplier Denso has announced changes to its North American executive management team, which the company says supports its expansion and growth in the region.

Stephen Milam was promoted to CEO of Denso Thermal Systems North American Center (TAC) Business Group, leading TAC in the region. He will also continue to serve as president of Denso Manufacturing Canada.

Andris Staltmanis was promoted to president of Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc. (DMMI). In his new role, he will oversee DMMI operations, as well as lead TAC manufacturing activities. In addition, Staltmanis will continue to serve as president of Denso Manufacturing Arkansas and vice president of DMMI’s HVAC plant.

Michael Winkler was promoted to vice-president of Denso’s North America Purchasing Group, responsible for overseeing regional sourcing strategy to support the growth of the company in North America and enhance supplier relationships. In addition, Winkler will now serve as executive coordinator of TAC Purchasing, responsible for daily operations and management of thermal purchasing groups. Winkler will manage annual cost reduction activities, procurement of equipment and machinery and purchasing planning. Previously, Winkler served as deputy functional leader of TAC, responsible for purchasing activities at all thermal plants in North America.

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Atsushi Uchida was promoted to vice-president of TAC Purchasing and Purchasing functional leader, responsible for supporting TAC daily purchasing operations and management. Previously, he served as executive coordinator of TAC Purchasing.

Martin Deschenes was promoted to vice-president of Electronic Products and Body Electronics Divisions at Denso Manufacturing Tennessee (DMTN), responsible for strategy development and execution for electronics manufacturing operations. In addition, Deschenes serves as the North American Information and Safety Business Team manufacturing leader, responsible for creating electronics manufacturing expansion strategy for the region. Previously, he served as director of the Electronics Products Division at DMTN.