Nissan Announces Management Changes in North America
Mar 20 15
Nissan announced leadership changes within its North American operations coinciding with the upcoming start of the company's fiscal Year 2015 on April 1. The following changes are effective April 1, 2015. Nissan Division Sales & Marketing: Pietro Berardi, currently vice president, New Business and Aftersales Strategy, is named vice president, Aftersales, NA, reporting to José Muñoz, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and chairman, Management Committee – Nissan North America (NNA); Wally Burchfield, currently director, Human Resources Business Partner, Marketing and Sales and Administration and Finance, is promoted to vice president, Aftersales, U.S. He will report to Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Marketing, Sales and Operations, for his U.S. responsibilities and to Berardi for North American Aftersales matters; Anne Corrao, currently director, Nissan Sales Operations, is named regional vice president (RVP), Nissan West Region. She will report to Diaz; Toby Perry, director, Electric Vehicle (EV) Chief Marketing Manager (CMM) and Overseas Program Director (OPD), is named director, Nissan Sales Operations, backfilling Corrao. He will report to Derek Hatami, vice president, Sales, U.S.; Mike Rocco, currently regional operations manager (ROM), Nissan Central Region, is promoted to RVP, Mid-Atlantic Region. He will report to Diaz; and Josh Batie, currently area general manager (AGM), Nissan Midwest Region, is promoted to RVP, Nissan Northwest Region. He will report to Diaz. Customer Quality and Dealer Network Development: After 28 years with NNA, John Spoon, currentlyvice president, Customer Quality and Chief Customer Officer, has elected to retire effective Jul. 2, 2015; Effective Jul. 2, 2015, Dave Mazur, currently vice president, Market Intelligence & Regional Revenue Optimization, is named vice president, Customer Quality, Chief Customer Officer and Market Intelligence, North America, backfilling Spoon. He will report to Scott Becker, senior vice president, Administration and Finance for Market Intelligence matters, Diaz on all Customer Quality operations and to Muñoz as Chief Customer Officer; and Don Strong, currently director, Customer Quality, NA, is named director, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Digital Marketing Platforms.He will report to Jeremy Tucker, vice president, Marketing, U.S. Manufacturing: After 27 years with Nissan, Jose Luis Benitez, AC, director CIVAC, Nissan Mexico (NMEX) has elected to retire. Nissan thanks Jose for his dedication to the company and the organization. David Aldana,currently on Foreign Service Assignment as vice president, Canton Manufacturing, will return to NMEX backfilling Benitez as director, CIVAC, NMEX. He will report to Armando Avila, vice president Nissan Mexico Manufacturing; and Steve Marsh joins NNA from Nissan Europe and is promoted to vice president, Canton Manufacturing, backfilling Aldana. He will report to John Martin, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, North America. Nissan Mexico (NMEX)& Nissan Latin America (NLAC): Mayra Gonzalez, currently regional vice president, NMEX, is promoted to regional vice president, Sales and Marketing, NMEX. In this role she will have responsibility for all sales, marketing, dealer network and related activities for NMEX. Gonzalez will report to Airton Cousseau, president, NMEX; Jorge Vallejo, currently, director, Government Affairs, NMEX, is named director, Government Affairs and Sales Export, NMEX. He will report in both capacities to Cousseau and will continue to report to Andrew Tavi, vice president, Legal, Government Affairs, Human Resources and General Counsel, on Government Affairs matters; and Daniel Pelayo, currently sub-director, Aftersales, NMEX, is promoted to director, Aftersales, NLAC. He will report to Jose Roman, vice president, NLAC. Research and Development: Dana Hargitt, vice president, Components Engineering, has elected to retire. Nissan thanks Dana for his contributions to Nissan Technical Center North America (NTC NA.); Chris Reed,currently director, OCVE D-platform SUV, is promoted to vice president, Components Engineering, backfilling Hargitt. He will report to Kunio Nakaguro, senior vice president, Research and Development, NTCNA; and Takeshi Yamaguchi,currently vice president, Vehicle Engineering and Vehicle Program Management, returns to NML and is backfilled by Eiichi Akashi,currently general manager, Vehicle Development Planning Department at Nissan Technical Center in NML. Infiniti: Claudia Marquez, currently director, Marketing, NMEX, is promoted to the newly created position of senior director, Infiniti Sales Operations. She will report to Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas. Marquez will have responsibility for Sales Operations, Aftersales, Customer Experience and Strategy; Jeff Pope, currently director, Infiniti Sales Operations, is taking a Foreign Service Assignment in Hong Kong as director, Infiniti Global Sales Operations. He will report to Gaby Wuest, Infiniti vice president, Global Operations; Bob Welby, currently senior manager, Infiniti Marketing Communications, is promoted to director, Infiniti Sales Operations, backfilling Pope. He will report to Marques; and Stephen Lester, currently regional general manager (RGM), Infiniti Operations, NCI, is promoted to managing director (MD), Infiniti Canada. He will report to Meunier and Parker.