(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by Nissan and obtained at nissannews.com)
Nissan Names José Muñoz Senior Vice President, Sales and
Marketing, for U.S. and Canada
Current Sales and Marketing Senior Vice President Brian Carolin
to retire at end of fiscal year 2012
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Nissan today announced that effective March
31, 2013, Sales and Marketing Senior Vice President Brian
Carolin will retire after 28 years with the company. José Muñoz,
currently senior vice president of sales and marketing - Latin
America and Americas customer quality and dealer network
development, will assume responsibilities for sales and
marketing in the U.S. and Canada beginning April 1, 2013.
Before joining Nissan North America (NNA) in 2008 as senior vice
president of sales and marketing, Carolin was Nissan Europe’s
senior vice president of sales and marketing and was responsible
for the launch of Infiniti across Europe beginning in 2004. From
1998 to 2004, he was managing director of Nissan in the U.K.
and, earlier in his career, held management positions with
Nissan Motor Manufacturing U.K. in Sunderland and Nissan Europe
in the Netherlands.
“Brian’s loyalty and strong leadership were instrumental in
helping Nissan to achieve such targets as 8.2 percent market
share last year and the company’s highest sales volume in the
U.S.,” said Nissan Americas Chairman Colin Dodge. “We are
sincerely grateful for Brian’s nearly three decades of service
with the company and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Carolin plans to return to the U.K. at the end of March in 2013,
and during the next quarter he will work closely with Muñoz to
Muñoz brought more than a decade of management experience with
various automotive companies in Europe when he joined the
company in 2004. He started as general manager of dealer
development for Nissan Europe, and in 2006 became the managing
director of Nissan Iberia, S.A.
In 2009, Muñoz was named president of Nissan Mexicana (NMEX) and
under his leadership, the NMEX organization achieved the highest
market share in Nissan’s history and has seen a 42-month run of
sales leadership in Mexico. Muñoz was also responsible for
developing key dealer network initiatives that led to
significant improvements across NMEX’s sales network.
“José has a solid record of success and brings robust experience
into his new role, and I am confident that his leadership will
continue to drive company growth as we aim for further market
share growth in the U.S. and Canada,” Dodge said.
Muñoz holds a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering from
Polytechnic University of Madrid and a master’s of business
administration from Instituto de Empresa Business School in
Madrid. He has also completed other executive management
programs from Cranfield School of Management in the U.K. and
INSEAD Business School in France.
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, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the
Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000
employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8
million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen
($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a
comprehensive range of 64 models 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 2011-2012 Car
of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to
sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
Nissan Corporate Communications
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