November 25, 2013

Nissan North America announces leadership changes

In a move to enhance performance across key areas within its North American operations, Nissan announced a number of leadership changes effective December 1, unless otherwise noted.

"These moves will help us achieve the objectives of Nissan's
Power 88 mid-term business plan in the newly announced North America region. The Nissan team is continuing to strengthen its focus on ensuring high product quality and customer satisfaction while improving both brand and franchise value with our dealer network," said Jose Munoz, who recently was named Chairman of Nissan North America (NNA), effective January 1.

Fred Diaz, currently Divisional Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, Nissan U.S.A., is appointed Senior Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, U.S.A., effective January 1. Diaz will report to Munoz, and his current position will not be replaced.

Airton Cousseau, currently Regional Vice-President, Nissan Mexicana (NMEX), is promoted to Managing Director, NMEX, succeeding Jose Valls who recently was promoted to Chairman of Latin America and Brazil. Cousseau will assume his role on January 1, and will report to Munoz.

Jon Brancheau, currently Vice-President, Nissan Marketing, fills the newly created position of Vice-President, Nissan Marketing Communications & Media, reporting to Diaz.

Dan Mohnke, currently Director, Marketing Operations, is promoted to the newly created position of Vice-President, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager (CMM) & Marketing Operations, reporting to Diaz.
Scott Shirley, currently Director, CMM, succeeds Dan Mohnke as Director, Marketing Operations, and will report to Mohnke.

Phil O'Connor, currently Senior Manager, Marketing Media, is promoted to Director, CMM, succeeding Shirley and reporting to Mohnke.

Mayra Gonzalez, currently Director, Customer Quality and Dealer Network Development (CQ & DND) Strategy, succeeds Cousseau as Regional Vice-President, NMEX, effective January 1. In this role, she reports to Cousseau, and her current responsibilities within CQ/DND report to Leon Dorssers, Vice-President, CQ/DND.

Matt Burhart, currently Director, Nissan Sales Operations, becomes Director, Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) Sales & Marketing, reporting to Joe Castelli, Vice-President, LCV.

Anne Corrao, currently Director, CQ & DND, succeeds Matt Burhart as Director, Nissan Sales Operations, effective January 1. She will report to Diaz.

Jose Luis Montiel, currently Director, Infiniti Operations, NMEX and Nissan Latin America and the Caribbean (NLAC), becomes Director, CQ & DND, NLAC, reporting to Dorssers and Jose Roman, Vice-President & managing director, NLAC.

Paul O'Brien, currently Senior Manager, Human Resources Business Partner, Smyrna Manufacturing, is promoted to Director, Human Resources, R&D, Total Customer Satisfaction, Manufacturing Engineering and Purchasing position reporting to Mark Stout, Vice-President, Human Resources and Carla Bailo, Senior Vice-President, R&D.

Additionally, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the senior management appointments:
Bill Krueger, currently Senior Vice-President, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Purchasing, NNA, is appointed Executive Vice-President of Nissan subsidiary, JATCO (Japanese Automatic Transmission Company), in charge of the Americas region.

John Martin, currently Senior Vice-President, Manufacturing, Purchasing & SCM - Europe, assumes the role of Senior Vice-President, Manufacturing, SCM and Purchasing, NNA, replacing Krueger. Martin will be based in Nashville, Tenn., and will report to Munoz.


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