DENSO’s North American CEO, Kenichiro Ito, Named to 2019 Automotive News All-Stars List –Ito, the first DENSO employee to receive the honor, recognized in the Supplier Innovation category for his guidance in realizing DENSO’s strategic vision–

Nov. 26, 2019 News Releases

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Nov. 26, 2019) – DENSO, the world’s second largest mobility supplier, today announced that Kenichiro Ito, senior executive officer of DENSO Corporation and chief executive officer of DENSO's North American Headquarters, has been named an Automotive News All Star for 2019. This is the first time in the award’s 38-year history that DENSO has been included on the list of automotive luminaries.

Since the awards’ inception, the Automotive News editorial staff has single-handedly vetted candidates within their respective categories and chosen winners based on their accomplishments. Ito was named an All Star within the Supplier Innovation category and is among a group of only 30 executives that will be recognized for their contributions to their fields in 2019.

“Since our founding, it has been DENSO’s goal to enrich the broader needs of society through safe and efficient mobility. We maintain that goal as we continue to strive for excellence in an industry that is experiencing unprecedented evolution and change,” said Ito. “I am honored to be included among such talented leaders and thank Automotive News for their recognition. It takes a collaborative and innovative team to drive success and that is what we have at DENSO. I extend a special thank you to all our employees, without whom this honor would not be possible.”

Ito has been instrumental in guiding DENSO through industry disruption. He has led the implementation of the company’s Second Founding, a dramatic strategic shift for the mobility supplier that puts new focus on software to compliment its hardware expertise, prioritizes research and development, and pushes the company to explore new business domains. Ito also has been integral in enacting DENSO’s Long-Term Policy, which aims to create a future in which mobility is accident free and environmentally sustainable.

Ito and his fellow honorees will be recognized at a private dinner and ceremony on Monday, Dec. 2 at the Gem Theater in downtown Detroit. For a complete list of the Automotive News All-Stars of 2019, visit this link:


DENSO is a $48.3 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 221 facilities in 35 countries to produce thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, & electronic systems, to create jobs that directly change how the world moves. The company's 170,000+ employees are paving the way to a mobility future that improves lives, eliminates traffic accidents, and preserves the environment. Globally headquartered in Kariya, Japan, DENSO spent 9.3 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. For more information about global DENSO, visit

In North America, DENSO is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and employs 27,000+ engineers, researchers and skilled workers across 51 sites in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs 17,700+ employees across 14 states (and the District of Columbia) and 41 sites. In fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, DENSO in North America generated $10.9 billion in consolidated sales. DENSO is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion inside the company and beyond – a principle that brings unique perspectives together, bolsters innovation and pushes DENSO forward. Join us, and craft not only how the world moves, but also your career: For more information, go to