Just days after Nissan’s Infiniti brand announced its two years long CEO Johan de Nysschen had quit the company; General Motors’ luxury unit Cadillac revealed it signed him over.
The move is not surprising, considering that from the start media reports showed that Infiniti’s chief had left the Japanese brand in favor of the US company – which itself relegated its former Cadillac boss to its previous position as chief lobbyist in Washington, DC. De Nysschen, 54, starts work at the US automaker on August 1, in his new role as president of Cadillac and one of GM’s executive vice presidents.
“Johan brings to our company vast experience in the development and proper execution of luxury automotive brands,”said GM president Dan Amman.
Infiniti spokeswoman Karin Zhang acknowledged De Nysschen’s resignation this month, adding that Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief planning officer and Infiniti’s chairman is scheduled to oversee the CEO duties until an appropriate successor can be found.
The South African national had worked for the US unit of Volkswagen AG’s Audi for almost two decades, joining Nissan after that in 2012. At Infiniti, he sought to rejuvenate the brand’s struggling sales as the mother company aimed the premium unit to become a true global brand.