DENSO employees across North America show their support for each other, customers and local communities in many ways, both big and small. We understand we’re at our best when working as a team to make improvements, impress our customers and exceed expectations.
These Spotlights show how our teams are putting DENSO Spirit into action.
DENSO Tenured Associate Spotlight: Karen Croly
When you know, you know. And when it comes to finding “the one,” you don’t let go. Just ask our many tenured employees. Through name changes, shifts in company direction and new, innovative technologies that advance mobility, our tenured employees have shown their DENSO Spirit every step of the way.
Karen Croly, who works within the purchasing department at DENSO’s Southfield facility, has been part of the DENSO family for more than four decades (wow!). She’s one of our longest-tenured employees to date. And while we could tell you all about Karen’s time at DENSO -- how she’s grown her career, how her colleagues have become family (literally) -- we thought who better to tell you about her experience than Karen herself.
DENSO Spirit Spotlight: Ravi Vadapalli
Venkata Ravisankar Vadapalli (Ravi, for short), a technical lead for DENSO’s phone-as-a-key (PaaK) project, was laser focused on making the development process run effectively when the team of 15+ engineers were working remotely.
The PaaK project started in 2017 with the goal of replacing traditional car key fobs with a customer’s smartphone to start the vehicle. Pretty cool, right?
While the first PaaK technology produced by DENSO entered the market in 2020, DENSO has continued to enhance the software. This is what Ravi’s team, BES2 (Body Electronic Systems2) Ford PaaK Team, was working on when COVID-19 hit.
Legacy Employee/Associate Spotlight: Dwayne Taylor
We are so grateful for the people who make careers for themselves at DENSO. These individuals repeatedly show the values key to DENSO Spirit -- foresight, credibility and collaboration -- and continually strive to make DENSO a great place to work, all while delivering exemplary service to our customers and communities.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of DENSO’s longest-serving associates/employees. They’ll share what drew them to DENSO and more importantly, why they’ve stayed.
Meet Dwayne Taylor. Dwayne first joined DENSO’s Southfield, Mich. location back in 1986!
DENSO New Hire Spotlight: Christian Widgren
Welcome to DENSO’s North American team, Christian! Christian relocated from one of DENSO’s European facilities just as countries implemented travel bans to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Originally from Bolivia, Christian was working for DENSO in Germany before he relocated to the U.S. It took him several months to make it over, but Christian’s positive, collaborative attitude throughout the process was immediately noticed by his supervisor. In his new role, Christian is a senior sales planning specialist, focusing on business operations and planning for DENSO in North America.
DENSO Co-op Spotlight: Jonathan Garcia
Each year, students from top engineering colleges and universities across the country - Stanford, Ohio State, and University of Michigan to name a few - join the DENSO Co-op program for the opportunity to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and put it to work.
Meet Jonathan Garcia, a senior at Cal Poly Pomona studying mechanical engineering.
DENSO Co-op Spotlight: Julianne Cinoman
Julianne Cinoman just completed DENSO’s Co-op program in Maryville, Tenn. She learned how to use several of the production machines on the plant floor, and was even able to run tests and make changes on them to continually improve the process (which she says was the best part!).
DENSO New Hire Spotlight: Louis Remynse
Welcome (back) to Louis Remynse! Louis began his internship with DENSO in May, returning for a second consecutive year for more opportunities to learn and grow.
DENSO New Hire Spotlight: Christine Quast
Since March, we’ve had a number of new faces join the DENSO family across North America. Because of the global pandemic, we have not always had the opportunity to meet and greet these talented individuals face-to-face. Over the coming weeks, we will spotlight some of our newest employees and hear directly from them what it was like to start a new job at DENSO during the coronavirus outbreak.
Sergio Pujols Helps DENSO Deliver Respirator Components in 25 Days
DENSO was able to help one of our customers deliver medical equipment components from concept to production in 25 days. Sergio Pujols, director of research and development at DENSO’s North American headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, and one of the project leaders, shares how we did it.
North American IT Team Completes Mission Impossible
DENSO’s North American IT (NAITS) team was in the middle of executing mission impossible: transitioning its North American infrastructure from Lotus Notes to Microsoft O365. No obstacle is too great for the NAITS team – even a global pandemic.
The Super Six: Radiator Service Crimp Team
Meet the Super Six! The radiator service crimp team at DENSO’s thermal manufacturing facility in Battle Creek, Mich., continued to deliver essential service parts even while the auto industry shutdown due to COVID-19.
Britt Autry: A Man on a Mission
As automakers slowed production of vehicles due to COVID-19, Britt Autry, vice president of manufacturing at DENSO’s Maryville, Tenn. operations, came together with other executives to chart a new course for their employees and plant operations.