Ayako Fujiwara

YKK AP America Inc. (YKK AP) announced the appointment of Ayako Fujiwara as compliance manager, where she will oversee auditing and regulatory compliance for the company. Fujiwara has more than 11 years of experience in the manufacturing industry.

She will guide the strategic development and execution of accounting and business audit controls. Fujiwara will also ensure proper processes are optimized, implemented and enforced, and she will serve as the liaison between external and internal auditors, according to the company.

Most recently, Fujiwara served as a senior accountant in manufacturing and operations for Novelis in Atlanta. Previously, she was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young.

“Ayako brings an impressive track record of success in improving process effectiveness, achieving accurate outcomes and managing complex audit schedules,” said Toby Gould, vice president of finance for YKK AP. “We are committed to excellence in all facets of our manufacturing and operations. We are excited for the enhanced focus she’ll bring to our compliance team. With Ayako at the helm, I’m confident in our internal control systems and processes yielding even more positive benefits across our employee and customer base.”