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News of  March 13, 2002


Valeo appoints Kazuo Kawashima as Group Quality Director

Paris, France - Valeo announced that it has appointed Kazuo Kawashima as Group Quality Director. Kawashima will be responsible for Valeo's global quality strategy.

Kawashima joins Valeo from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd where he most recently served as Manager of the Warranty Group, Corporate Quality Assurance department, and as Manager of the Parts Quality Assurance Group in Kanagawa, Japan. In a previous quality position, Kawashima was based in Mexico, and during his 20-year career with Nissan, Kawashima has worked with automotive Tier One suppliers to develop and implement world-class quality management systems.

Thierry Morin, Chairman of Valeo's Management Board commented, "The addition of Kazuo Kawashima further strengthens Valeo's approach to quality. Kazuo Kawashima brings with him a track record in best-practice quality processes and management together with invaluable experience gained with a car manufacturer renowned for quality excellence."

Kawashima earned a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tsukuba University, Ibarakaki Japan and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Osaka University, Japan. Based in Tokyo, Japan, Kawashima will shortly relocate to Valeo's headquarters in Paris, France.

(March 7, 2002)

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