Nissan Announces Leadership Changes In Canada, Brazil
-- Allen Childs to retire as president, Nissan Canada --
-- Christian Meunier named president, Nissan Canada --
-- Manuel De La Guardia named vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Nissan today announced that
Allen Childs will retire as president, Nissan Canada, following a
distinguished career with the company. He will be replaced by Christian
Meunier, currently president, Nissan Brazil, who will become president of
Nissan's third largest market in the Americas. Both changes are effective
January 1, 2013.
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Childs' career at Nissan has spanned two decades including positions in
regional operations, dealer operations, parts & service and marketing. In
2002, he became vice president, Nissan Canada sales before returning to Nissan
North America (NNA) in 2006 as vice president, parts and service, where he
successfully exceeded business plan objectives during an economic downturn.
Named president of Nissan Canada in 2010, Childs led team in developing a
comprehensive business improvement plan to strengthen the company's position
in Canada—including actions to improve performance of the dealer network and
to increase market share.
Meunier joined Nissan Europe in 2002 as general manager, sales & fleet and has
held a variety of positions including vice president, sales in Nissan Europe
and vice president, marketing at NNA where he established a strategy for
interactive marketing and a comprehensive model-line marketing process. In his
current role, he has overseen a significant expansion of Nissan's dealer
network in Brazil and increasing market share with Nissan being Brazil's
fastest-growing brand last year.
Manuel De La Guardia, currently managing director, Nissan Iberia, will become
vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan Brazil, effective January 1, 2013.
De La Guardia joined Nissan Iberia in 2007 as network general manager. Under
his leadership, Nissan Iberia has experienced continuous growth with Nissan
becoming the first Asian brand within the Spanish market to reach the eighth
position in the top 10 sales. Manuel also significantly enhanced and
transformed the dealer network, improving brand presence in strategic areas,
which successfully contributed to significantly increased market share.
About Nissan Americas
In the Americas, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 ENERGY STAR^®
Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America, the Nissan LEAF and zero emissions can
be found at www.nissanusa.com.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest automotive company by volume,
is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the
Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally,
Nissan provided customers with more than 4.6 million vehicles in 2011. With a
strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all,
Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions
vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero emission
mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the
first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous
international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
SOURCE Nissan Americas
Contact: Travis Parman, Nissan Americas, +1-615-725-5828, www.nissannews.com
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