SAITAMA, Japan -- March 5, 2018 --Calsonic Kansei, a leading manufacturer of automotive parts worldwide, today announced the appointment of Beda Bolzenius to lead Calsonic Kansei as President and CEO, effective April 1. He assumes the role as the Company's current CEO, Hiroshi Moriya, transitions to Chairman and Representative Director of Calsonic Kansei. Messrs. Bolzenius and Moriya will be based in Tokyo.
Mr. Bolzenius said, "I'm honored to join Calsonic Kansei, a high-caliber leader in its field with a world-class team. Calsonic Kansei is one of the most innovative and dependable auto parts makers to some of the world's largest and best-known brands. I am excited to work with the global team and our worldwide customers to build on the great success that Hiroshi and the team have achieved to date and capture new opportunities during this exciting and evolving time for the global auto industry."
Mr. Bolzenius joins Calsonic Kansei after a distinguished career at global auto parts maker Johnson Controls. He was most recently Vice Chairman of the company's Asia Pacific operations, in addition to holding the role of President of Automotive Experience. He has additionally held various senior roles in the company's US$20 billion automotive division in global markets such as China, Germany and the United States.
Prior to his more than 10 years at Johnson Controls, Mr. Bolzenius spent nearly two decades at Robert Bosch, rising to the position of Division President of the company's Body Electronics unit in Germany.
Calsonic Kansei is a leading supplier of automotive components including cockpit systems, thermal systems, exhaust systems and advanced electronic products. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is the primary customer for the Company, which also supplies a variety of other automotive groups including GM, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Isuzu, Mazda, and VAG. It operates in markets across the globe and has more than 22,000 employees based at 79 production sites worldwide. The company marks its 80th anniversary in FY2018.
Since Mr. Moriya's appointment as CEO in April 2013, Calsonic Kansei has experienced rapid growth and has continued to break its own profit records. In FY2015, the company exceeded one trillion yen in revenue for the first time in its history.
Mr. Moriya said, "Calsonic Kansei is a truly global company with unique capabilities and a terrific growth story. I have enjoyed working with our team to cultivate Calsonic Kansei's culture of innovation and I look forward to becoming Chairman and supporting Beda and the team as they elevate Calsonic Kansei to its next phase of development and growth."
About Calsonic Kansei Headquartered in Japan, Calsonic Kansei is a global automotive components manufacturer. With 22,424* employees at 79 production plants and 14 R&D bases in 15 countries, Calsonic Kansei is an important partner to automotive manufacturers across the world and is proud to supply the world's leading automotive brands.
All Calsonic Kansei plants, our Testing Research Center, R&D Center, and Headquarters have obtained ISO 14001 Environment Management System certification, and all Calsonic Kansei plants have obtained ISO/TS 16949 Quality Management System certification for the automotive industry.
For additional information about Calsonic Kansei Corporation, please visit Calsonic Kansei's website at www.calsonickansei.co.jp/english/index.html.
*Consolidated. As of March 2017. Media Contacts: CSR/Public Relations & IR Group +81-48-660-2161