Yazaki Europe, North Africa and Yazaki North America and Central America, president and CEO, Bo Andersson, has stepped down from the helm of both companies.

Andersson will continue to serve the company in an advisory role to smooth the transition to new management.

The Yazaki Europe and North Africa division is now led by Hans Lemmens as president and CEO.

Lemmens started at Yazaki in 1993, held various positions in sales, costing & pricing, programme management, purchasing and plant management and was appointed as Sales EVP in 2018 for Yazaki in Europe.

The new COO for Europe and North Africa will be Andreas Di Vece, who started his career at Yazaki Europe in January, 2019 and held positions as VP Manufacturing & Logistics, Business Unit head for German OEMs and Turkey Country head.

For Yazaki’s North and Central America division, Ryosuke Yazaki became president and CEO on 1 April, 2021.

Ryosuke Yazaki is a third generation family member. Kenichi Fujisawa has been appointed as new COO, while Joseph Zerafa has assumed the role of acting global head of Purchasing for Yazaki.

The supplier notes when Andersson initially took on the leadership role for Europe and North Africa in 2017 and North and Central America in 2018, Japan Yazaki president, Shinji Yazaki, defined several key tasks for him: Retooling Yazaki’s business in the regions, increasing efficiency and reducing costs and building a bridge to the next generation of Yazaki management.

“All of these objectives were accomplished,” said Shinji Yazaki.

“I am grateful to Bo Andersson for his commitment, strong leadership and impactful performance.”