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News   January 25, 2017   by Adam Malik

Executive personnel changes at Denso


Global automotive supplier Denso announced changes to its North American leadership team.

In a news release, Denso said the changes were effective the first of this year.

Bill Foy was named senior vice president of engineering. Based in the company’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Mich., he is responsible for overseeing all North American product engineering and development, including climate control, engine components and systems, engine electrical, safety products, cluster, in-vehicle-infotainment, body electronics and small motor engineering. Foy previously served as the senior vice president of the sales and marketing division.

Doug Patton assumes the role of SAE International president. The company said that the change allows Patton to focus on his role as SAE International president and broaden the scope of the company’s executive team. He will also continue to serve as executive vice president of engineering and chief technology officer.

Denise Carlson was named vice president of the North America planning and material engineering, production innovation center in Southfield, Mich. Carlson is responsible for overseeing material development, material quality assurance, and material education for Denso’s North American product groups.

Kara Grasso was promoted to vice president of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales group in Southfield. She oversees FCA Sales strategy and activities in all key product areas. She was also appointed to lead DENSO’s Product Sales Strategy. Previously, she was director of FCA Sales.

Benjamin Luppino will serve as vice president of Toyota sales group in Southfield. His primary responsibility is guiding the operational and personnel activities for the Toyota Motors sales group, including overall sales expansion. He previously served as vice president and global lead of the General Motors Sales Group.

Rob Hempel will serve as vice president of General Motors sales group in Southfield. His primary responsibility is guiding the operational and personnel activities for the General Motors sales group, including overall sales expansion. Previously he served as global lead for Toyota sales.

Chuntao Ye was promoted to senior vice president. Ye is responsible for instrument cluster, electronics, and body electronics plants located in Maryville, Tenn. He also serves as deputy leader of information and safety systems. Previously, he served as vice president of Denso’s alternator/starter division in Maryville.


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