Nissan makes 13 new executive changes, widens role of U.S. sales chief image

Nissan Motor Co announced that Fred Diaz would be promoted to senior vice president for sales and marketing for the Nissan brand in the United States as part of a management change that involves 13 executives taking new positions.

The executive moves are being made under Jose Munoz, who recently was named chairman of Nissan in North America, a position he will assume in January.

Diaz, 47, a former Chrysler Group LLC executive who joined Nissan last April, will take his new position on January 1. He is currently the divisional vice president for sales and marketing. Come January, his responsibilities will expand to include product planning and development of the Nissan brand’s U.S. dealer network.

Bill Krueger, currently head of manufacturing for Nissan in North America, was appointed head of the Nissan subsidiary Japanese Automatic Transmission Co, or JATCO, in charge of the Americas region.

Krueger is being replaced by John Martin, currently head of manufacturing for Nissan in Europe.

Airton Cousseau, now regional vice president of Nissan in Mexico, was promoted to managing director of Nissan in Mexico, succeeding Jose Valls, who recently was promoted to chairman for the company in Latin America and Brazil.

Jon Brancheau, a Nissan marketing executive, was named to the newly created position of vice president for Nissan marketing communications and media.

Nissan is the second-largest Japanese automaker and the third-largest Japanese automaker by sales volume in the U.S. market. Overall, it is the seventh-largest automaker by sales in the U.S. market. Its U.S. sales through October were up 9.1 % from a year earlier as overall industry sales showed an 8.4 % gain.

Via Reuters