FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shefali Cromer Adrienne Procopio
Yazaki North America Franco Public Relations Group
(734) 983-1710 (313) 567-5040
Yazaki North America Announces the Retirement of George Perry,
President and CEO
CANTON, Mich., December 16, 2009 – Yazaki North America, Inc. (Yazaki), a
leading supplier of vehicle power and data solutions to the automotive industry,
today announced the retirement of president and CEO, George Perry, effective Dec.
In Jan. 2000, Yazaki named Perry executive vice president, and president of its
Ford business unit. He was appointed president and COO in April 2001, becoming
the first non-Asian president in Yazaki’s history. In September, 2002, Perry was
appointed president and CEO and was made a member of the company’s Board of
“George’s tenure at Yazaki saw the company through the most dynamic decade in
automotive history,” said Max Yamashita, chairman of Yazaki North America. “His
industry knowledge and experience helped Yazaki continue to grow as a strong,
diverse and operationally sound company, and we wish him luck on his future
Succeeding Perry is Dieter Ehrmanntraut, president and CEO of Yazaki Europe
Limited (YEL). Ehrmanntraut has significant experience in the wiring harness
industry and the related component business. He led the successful integration of
Yazaki’s joint venture with Siemens Wiring Harness operations in Europe.
Succeeding Ehrmanntraut is Volker Heuzeroth, chairman of YEL.
Yazaki also announced the retirements of Bryan Jinnett, vice president of
Operations and Quality, and Ferol Vernon, vice president of Component
Manufacturing. Yazaki has accommodated the retirements of Jinnett and Vernon
through restructuring rather than direct replacement.
Yazaki Corporation is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of
vehicle power and data solutions for vehicle applications. Yazaki produces electrical
distribution systems, Vehicle Information Products, solid-state power centers,
connection systems and electronics. Worldwide, the company employs over
157,100 people in 39 countries, 1,400 of whom are based in North America. Yazaki
has been committed to the preservation of the environment for over 50 years. The
company continues this commitment today through the development of advanced
electric components for hybrid electric vehicles, the promotion of recycling and the
efficient use of resources. For more information on Yazaki and its vision for a
greener tomorrow, log onto www.yazaki-na.com.
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