EXECUTIVE CHANGES ANNOUNCED AT AISIN
NORTHVILLE TWP., Mich., June 16, 2016 – Aisin Group, one of the largest Tier One automotive components manufacturers in the world, today announced a number of changes to its executive team in North America: Toshio Tanaka to president and CEO Aisin Holdings of America, Seymour, Ind.; Scott Turpin to president Aisin World Corp. of America, Seymour, Ind.; John Clark to president, North American Sales Division, Aisin World Corp. of America, Northville Township, Mich.; and Yoshihiko Matsuda to president, Aisin Technical Center of America, Northville, Mich.
Toshio “Tony” Tanaka was named president and CEO of Aisin Holdings of America (AHA), the management organization that oversees Aisin Group’s extensive manufacturing, and research and development operations in North America. Tanaka, who has been with Aisin for more than 34 years, and most recently was executive vice president of AHA and president of Aisin Mexicana in Monterrey, Mexico, was also named a managing officer of parent company Aisin Seiki, Kariya City, Japan. Tanaka replaces Masayasu Saito, who returns to Japan as president of Aisin AI. Tanaka is a graduate of Keio University in Tokyo.
Scott Turpin was named president of Aisin World Corp. of America (AWA). As president, Turpin oversees AWA offices in Northville, Mich., Seymour, Ind., Cincinnati and Torrance, Calif., and logistics operations in Detroit, Laredo, Texas, and Los Angeles. Turpin, who has been president of Aisin Drivetrain, Inc., Crothersville, Ind., since 2007, was also named a managing officer of parent company Aisin Seiki, Kariya City, Japan. Turpin has been with Aisin Group for 19 years. Previously, he was general plant manager at the Borg Warner powder metal facility in Livonia, Mich. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University, and attended the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
John Clark John Clark was named president of the North American Sales Division of AWA and heads up Sales & Marketing; Sales Planning; Product Planning for both automotive and non-automotive products, Corp. Communications and External Affairs. Clark is also responsible for maintaining the company’s overall relationships with OEM customers in North America. He joined Aisin in 2003, and has held a variety of executive positions, most recently executive vice president. He speaks fluent Japanese, attended college in Tokyo, and has worked and lived in Japan. Clark is vice president of the Japan Business Society of Detroit and president of the Japan Business Society of Detroit Foundation. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Japanese from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Yoshihiko Matsuda was named president of Aisin Technical Center of America (ATC-A), Northville, Mich., and oversees a highly specialized, technical team that works closely with customers in strategic product development providing all aspects of local engineering, such as design, testing and other technical initiatives. Matsuda joined the company in 2014 and will continue in his role as Aisin Seiki senior managing officer for Global Research and Development operations. Matsuda, who earned a Master of Engineering from Kyoto University, was also a member of its faculty.
About Aisin: Aisin World Corp. of America is the North American sales center of the Aisin Group, a $27.1 billion company headed by Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. with corporate offices in Kariya City, Aichi, Japan. Aisin Group is the world’s sixth largest Tier One supplier of automotive components and systems, such as brakes, transmissions, navigation systems, drivetrain, chassis, body, engine-related parts, electronics and intelligent transportation systems. Aisin is the largest transmission manufacturer in the world. Aisin has 181 consolidated companies and employs nearly 95,000 people globally. In the Americas, Aisin Group companies include 13,500 employees, 31 manufacturing, and sales and R & D centers including Aisin Technical Center of America and FT-Techno of America, the company’s 950-acre proving ground in Fowlerville, Mich.
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