Denso names new HR VP for North America

SOUTHFIELD—Denso, the Japanese auto supplier with its North American headquarters in Southfield, has named Santosh Singh vice president of human resources for North America. In this role, he will help shape Denso efforts to reinforce and grow its collaborative culture as the company powers society’s shift to green, safe and seamless mobility.

Singh, 44, will oversee six HR departments and their efforts to recruit, retain, train, develop and engage Denso employees in the United States, Canada and Mexico. He will be based out of Denso’s North American headquarters in Southfield.

“As we undertake a deep, cultural transformation, the addition of Santosh to our regional leadership team will help accelerate our progress and build a world-class HR function,” said Stephen Milam, executive vice president of corporate functions for Denso in North America. “After a rigorous search and interview process, we were impressed with Santosh’s exceptional track record of success and leading people forward.”

With more than 23 years of corporate leadership experience across the United States, China and India, Singh has proven his ability to adapt to leadership roles across cultures and functions. Prior to this role, he held numerous positions at Caterpillar Inc. in which he was required to increase team capabilities and employee engagement rates. He has completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program for proven business executives and earned the Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and Global Professional in HR (GPHR) designations.

“I’m inspired by the purpose and collaborative culture of Denso,” said Singh. “I look forward to joining DENSO associates in their work to transform the future of mobility.”

Denso is a $44.6 billion global mobility supplier that develops advanced technology and components for nearly every vehicle make and model on the road today. The company has more than 168,000 employees in more than 200 locations, with headquarters in Kariya, Japan. In North America, Denso has more than 17,000 employees at 41 sites in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More at or

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