nissan Motor Co. has realigned its geographic regional structure along with senior management appointments.
The action, which took effect from October 2020 is part of Nissan’s four-year transformation plan, the automaker explained in a statement released on Thursday.
“Aimed at transforming into a leaner, agile organization focused on achieving sustainable growth,” it stated, “Nissan is realigning its operations from the current seven regions into four key regions: Japan-ASEAN, China, Americas, and AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe & Oceania).
“The new structure will enable a heightened focus on core markets and will further empower regional management. This realignment enables Nissan to be more competitive by improving the speed of our operations and help deploy our latest technologies consistently and quickly to customers the world over.”
The following senior management changes will be effective October 1, 2020.
Effective from October, Gianluca De Ficchy, formerly senior vice president and chairman of management committee Europe, assumed chairmanship of the newly created region of AMIEO, which will cover Europe, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Oceania.
De Ficchy will report to vice-chief performance officer and chief quality officer, Christian Vandenhende.
Guillaume Cartier, formerly senior vice president and chairman of Africa, Middle East, and India, will become vice chairman and senior vice president of marketing and sales of the AMIEO region continues to oversee Africa, Middle East, and India as president. He will report to De Ficchy.
A new Americas region has been created to cover both North America and South America.
Jérémie Papin continues as vice chairman of the management committee North America and will oversee the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Jose Roman, formerly president and managing director of Nissan Mexico, in addition to his oversight of Nissan Mexico, now leads the importers business unit (NIBU) for the region. He will continue to report to Papin.
Guy Rodriguez, currently chairman of Latin America, is regional senior vice president of marketing, sales and operations of Nissan South America.
Papin and Rodriguez report to vice-chief performance officer and chief quality officer, Christian Vandenhende.
ASEAN has been integrated with Japan to form a new region, Japan-ASEAN with Asako Hoshino, executive vice president, as the new chairwoman of the region.
Yutaka Sanada, currently regional senior vice president and head of Asia & Oceania (A&O) operations, will oversee its transition. His new role will be the subject of a future announcement.
The management committee of China continues to run with the existing leadership under Chairman Shohei Yamazaki.
Vandenhende, Hoshino and Yamazaki continues to report to chief operating officer, Ashwani Gupta.
“These changes,” the automaker pointed out, “represent a positive shift in the way the company operates with better global and regional integration.
“Under the newly assigned leadership team, Nissan will become more agile, innovative, and nurture a more transparent culture for sustained proﬁtability and growth.”
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