The Diamond Electric Manufacturing Co. has named Hironori Kurita as the new chief executive officer of the Japanese-owned auto parts supplier, the company announced last week.
Kurita, 56, replaces Tatsuo Ikenaga, who had been covering the CEO responsibilities following the death of his father and company founder Shigeji Ikenaga last August 2012.
Located in the Eleanor Industrial Park, Diamond Electric manufactures ignition coils for the automotive industry.
Prior to becoming the CEO, Kurita was president and managing director of Diamond's ignition coil plant in Hungary.
Prior to joining Diamond, Kurita had a 20-year relationship with the company in Japan through the Japanese trading company Ryowa Corp. For eight years before actually joining Diamond, Mr. Kurita worked as Ryowa's European sales agent for Diamond Electric products.
Married with three sons, Kurita graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan.
Kurita has already taken over his duties as CEO. His office is located at the Eleanor plant and he lives in Scott Depot.
In addition to being CEO of Diamond Electric's U.S operations, Kurita will also serve as CEO and managing director of the Diamond plant in Hungary.
Diamond Electric was the first Japanese company to open a plant in the state when it opened the Eleanor plant in 1996. It now employs more than 300 people at the site.
Diamond Electric currently has production facilities in seven countries: Japan, United States, Hungary, China, India, Thailand and South Korea.
The company plans to open another plant in Southeast Asia later this year.