HIROTEC AMERICA Announces Executive Leadership Changes

Auburn Hills, MI., April 22nd, 2024 - HIROTEC AMERICA, a member of the HIROTEC Group, a global tier one automotive supplier, announced the appointment of two new board members. Phil Zanolli has been appointed to the position of Chief Operations Officer and Sharon Beetham has been appointed to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

Phil joined HIROTEC AMERICA as a Project Manager in 2000 with over a decade of technical experience. His well-rounded background and strong leadership capabilities saw him rise through the ranks of management leading to his promotion to Executive Vice President of Operations. His vision has been focused on strengthening HIROTEC’s operational capabilities as well as pushing for the implementation of new manufacturing technologies. In his new role, Phil will provide strategic direction and executive leadership for all operational activities.

Sharon has been with HIROTEC since 1999 and has served as an expert in the field of finance. She has also played a key role in its business operations and new business development both locally and globally. Her previous positions at HIROTEC AMERICA include Controller, Vice President of Finance & Purchasing and in 2013 she became Chief Financial Officer for HIROTEC INDIA. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In her new role, Sharon will manage all aspects of corporate finance as well as oversee Purchasing and Corporate Administration.

“I am pleased to have Phil and Sharon join our board.” commented Katsu Uno, HIROTEC AMERICA’s Chairman and CEO. “Phil is an outstanding operational leader with a strong project management background. His dynamic management style energizes teams and drives continuous improvement. Sharon has an extensive finance background and an analytical management style. She already plays a key role globally by supporting our group companies. Together Phil and Sharon represent the new generation of leadership at HIROTEC AMERICA. Their combined insight and experience will be invaluable as we embrace new opportunities.”


HIROTEC Group was established in 1932 to deliver body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and highly flexible closure manufacturing tooling to automotive customers around the world. With a worldwide headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan, HIROTEC operates 31 facilities in 8 countries with a workforce totaling over 6,000 global employees. For more information, please visit www.hirotecamerica.com.

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