Denso says John Klassen has been promoted to president of its thermal manufacturing facility in Guelph, Ontario, effective 1 July, 2021.

Klassen has led daily operations on-site as plant director since 2018.

He succeeds Andris Staltmanis, who will continue in his primary role as business leader for the Denso Thermal Systems (TAC) business unit.

“[John’s] Significant industry experience and in-depth knowledge of our facility’s operations will carry us into the future of thermal mobility products, which are key to advancing vehicle efficiency, safety and comfort,” said Staltmanis.

Klassen originally joined Denso’s Guelph facility in 2006 as a manufacturing section leader for HVAC production. He was promoted to manager in 2012 and became a production director in 2018.

Throughout his Denso career, Klassen has led and aligned the Canada team towards launching initiatives such as the Living Process Failure Mode Effects Analysis (PFMEA) quality system.

“I’m honoured to be chosen for this role,” said Klassen. “I’m also eager to collaborate with our teams in Canada and around the world to add to Denso’s manufacturing pedigree while being a great place to work.

“We will remain focused on quality, safety and delivery as we provide new value to our customers and society.”