DENSO Names Jack Helmboldt President of DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee

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Helmboldt is the first American to be named president of the Maryville operations.

DENSO named Jack Helmboldt president of its DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee (DMTN) operations in Maryville, Tenn., effective June 19. This will be a dual role as Helmboldt will continue to serve as corporate senior director for DENSO Corp. Helmboldt succeeds Yoshihiro “Van” Saka, who was reassigned to a DENSO-affiliate company in Japan where he will serve as president. Helmboldt is the first American to be named president of the Maryville operations.

Helmboldt has been with DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee for 24 years, and began as production manager in DMTN’s Instrument Cluster Division. His appointment represents DENSO’s continued emphasis on localization of North American leadership, as well as the localization of technology.

The Maryville location is currently a $1.3 billion investment providing original high-technology components to the major automotive manufacturers. Key customers include Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru and Toyota.

In North America, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people at 28 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 26 are manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 10,000 people, of which nearly 3,200 are employed in Maryville. Other U.S. locations include California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales total US$6.8 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, power-train control, electric, electronics and information and safety. Customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 36 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 130,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, totaled US$38.1 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.4 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. For more information, go to or visit the media website at

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