Director of Corporate Ventures @DENSO International America
Tony Cannestra is the Director of Corporate Ventures for DENSO International America (DIAM). DIAM is the U.S. subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, one of the world’s largest auto parts and systems suppliers. Mr. Cannestra joined DENSO in early 2014, and he leads DENSO’s 4 person Corporate Venture Capital Group, which is primarily responsible for identifying, and investing in, startup companies working on new technologies that are of strategic interest to DENSO’s future product roadmap. During his tenure at DENSO, Mr. Cannestra has made 17 investments and led a team that made an acquisition of a startup company. DENSO’s CVC Group focuses on transportation investments in the areas of Autonomous Driving, Connected Vehicles, Cybersecurity, Electrification, and New Mobility. DENSO also considers investments in Robotics, Next Gen Manufacturing, and Advanced Materials. He currently serves as a Board Director for Blaize, Canatu, Dellfer, MetaWave, Quadric, and Bond Mobility, all of which are DENSO portfolio companies. Mr. Cannestra also continues to assist with DENSO’s startup M&A efforts.