Nissan Motor Co’s chief executive officer, in charge with the Infiniti luxury division has opted to leave the company after only two years on the job.
According to Infiniti spokesman Stefan Weinmann, the resignation of Johan de Nysschen was only officially made public inside the company today, with the interim leader now being Andy Palmer, Nissan’s chief planning officer – as he was even before that overseeing the Infiniti unit.
De Nysschen was snatched away from Audi’s US unit, after working with the German company for nearly 20 years. During his Audi US tenure, he managed to raise the brand’s sales by 42% between 2005 and 2011. Media reports put him now in negotiations to head General Motors’ luxury unit Cadillac, but so far the talks were not acknowledged by either party involved.
During his stint at Infiniti, Nissan’s premium brand moved to further establish itself as a global automaker, undergoing expansion in markets from South America to Southeast Asia. Infiniti also announced new production plans in the UK, Mexico and China. His departure also comes very close to the brand’s production start in the world’s largest automotive market, after it already moved its global headquarters to Hong Kong to better focus on the Chinese customers.