Denso in Southfield Reorganizes R&D, Engineering Divisions

Denso, a global mobility supplier based in Southfield, announced it is reorganizing its North American engineering and research and design divisions to better integrate the company’s electrification, thermal, and safety systems.
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Denso in Southfield announced it is reorganizing its engineering and R&D divisions to better integrate the company's electrification, thermal, and safety systems. // Courtesy of Denso
Denso in Southfield announced it is reorganizing its engineering and R&D divisions to better integrate the company’s electrification, thermal, and safety systems. // Courtesy of Denso

Denso, a global mobility supplier based in Southfield, announced it is reorganizing its North American engineering and research and design divisions to better integrate the company’s electrification, thermal, and safety systems.

The company believes this will put them in a better position to meet customers’ evolving needs and advances its efforts to power society’s shift to green, safe, and seamless mobility, and reach carbon neutrality by 2035.

“These changes represent how we aim to build a better mobility future,” says Seiji Maeda, CEO of Denso’s North American operations. “Eliminating siloes and collaborating across business units allows us to generate new business concepts, accelerate product development and provide our employees greater opportunities for career growth.”

The North American design and engineering department will consolidate its five product groups and drop that naming standard to enable teams to work more cohesively, enhancing integration, performance, and quality across the company’s product area.

The thermal and powertrain-electrification products groups will become the green technology group. The change positions Denso to leverage its full-vehicle systems capability to develop solutions that reduce cost and improve the range, performance, and convenience of battery electric and alternative powertrain vehicles.

The mobility product group will now be known as the mobility systems group and be led by TJ Liu, senior vice president at Denso. This team will oversee development of advanced driver-assistance systems, electronics, cockpit, and connectivity products, and be charged with advancing electrical and electronic systems that consolidate computing across domains.

The company’s North America R&D will reorganize under three key areas to streamline its focus on connected systems, connected functions, and R&D strategy. The teams will be tasked with working across DENSO to forecast new mobility needs, as well as advise on key technology areas and develop new products.

Along with that, the teams will lead R&D on projects in fields that are reshaping how the world gets from point A to point B, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, edge computing, platform services, automated driving, data analytics, V2X, insurance services, and more.

As part of the transition, Andrew Clemence will head the green technology group and be promoted to senior vice president of green technology, while Rob Wunsche will be promoted to vice president of connected systems, transitioning from his role as director of collective works and mobility platform services. In this role he will lead teams dedicated to developing and bringing to market connected solutions globally.

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