DENSO appoints new CEO in the European Region

Change in European leadership in effect as of 1st January 2021

Amsterdam, The Netherlands | 19 January 2021 – DENSO, one of the world’s leading Tier 1 providers of mobility technology, recently announced changes to its European executive personnel as part of organizational updates made recently by the company’s global headquarters in Japan. These changes came into effect on the 1st of January 2021.


New CEO to lead DENSO’s European operations

DENSO has named Yasushi Mukai CEO of DENSO in Europe and South America, and President of DENSO International Europe (DIEU), DENSO’s European Regional Headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He succeeds former CEO in Europe, Hisaaki Sato, who now takes on the role of President of DENSO Sales Thailand.

Mr. Mukai started his career with DENSO in 1987 and brings to his new role a wealth of experience in managing different functions across the group’s global organization, including Finance, Legal, Human Resources and Public Relations. Prior to this current assignment, he was Head of Diesel Systems Business Unit, Business Structure Reform of Powertrain Systems Business Group, Powertrain Systems Business Planning Department, and Alliance Planning Department. Having previously worked at DENSO Manufacturing Hungary (DMHU), this is Mr. Mukai’s second assignment in Europe.

On the 8th of January 2021, Mr. Mukai communicated his first official message from the DIEU Regional Office.  In his message, he highlighted the challenges of strengthening the company’s commitment to mobility and society, particularly in the pursuit of carbon neutrality. At the same time, he emphasized the strengths that will support DENSO Europe’s success: its diversity, its remarkable capacity for growth, its great capabilities and even greater potential.




DENSO is a €44 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. With manufacturing at its core, DENSO invests in its 211 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, and electronic systems, to create jobs that are changing the way the world moves.  

The company's more than 170,000 associates are paving the way towards mobility that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and works in harmony with the environment. With its global headquarters located in Kariya, Japan, DENSO in the European region consists of R&D, manufacturing and sales operations across 15 countries and employs more than 17,000 people. 

Underscoring its commitment towards shaping the future of mobility, DENSO spent 9.9% of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. 

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