DENSO Products and Services Americas, parent company of MovinCool portable air conditioners and an affiliate of global automotive supplier DENSO Corp., named Norihito “Jack” Tanahashi as senior vice president of original equipment supplier sales. A 30-year veteran at DENSO, he oversees the company’s sales of original equipment products to all major automakers. He works out of the company’s new office in Plano, Texas, as well as its headquarters in Long Beach, Calif.
Tanahashi joined DENSO in 1988 after graduating from Doshisha University Law School in Kyoto, Japan. He started in the Hiroshima branch in aftermarket sales before moving into OE sales, supplying Mazda vehicles with DENSO automotive parts.
In 1995, Tanahashi began a series of overseas assignments supplying new Toyota vehicles with DENSO OE automotive parts. He transferred to DENSO Europe where he was posted first in the United Kingdom, then in Amsterdam. In 2000, he established DENSO’s Toyota sales office in Brussels.
Tanahashi returned to Japan in 2006 to serve as general manager of Toyota sales at DENSO corporate headquarters. In 2010, he was promoted to president of DENSO Sales Australia and later vice president of DENSO Australia. Prior to joining DENSO Products and Services Americas, he was general manager of DENSO OE sales for Mitsubishi.