Nissan Announces Senior Management Changes in North America
Mar 28 16
Nissan announced a series of senior management appointments in North America intended to further aid the company's progress as it enters the final year of the 'Power 88' mid-term business plan. All changes are effective Apr. 1, 2016. Scott Becker, Senior Vice President, Administration and Finance, NA, is named Senior Vice President, Administration, NA. In this newly defined role, Becker will have responsibility for the region's administrative functions including: Corporate Services, Audit, Information Systems, Market Intelligence, Corporate Planning and Program Management Office (PMO), Information Security, Legal, Government Affairs and Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. In addition, he will serve in a leadership role for various global corporate initiatives, working closely with NML to give the North American region a key insight and influence on critical global actions. Becker will continue to report to Jose Munoz for the North American related business. Carlos Servin, Vice President, Finance, NA, is named Senior Vice President, Finance, NA. In this newly defined role, Servin will have primary responsibility for overseeing the corporate finance function and ensuring that NNA is on track to meet the financial goals of Power 88. The Renault-Nissan Alliance Customs and Trade office will also now report directly to Servin, who will now report directly to Munoz. Mark Kaczynski, President, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. (NMAC), will now report directly to Munoz. This elevation of reporting will provide additional support in NMAC's ongoing initiatives to drive profit and sales in North America, and help enhance alignment between regional and corporate goals and objectives. Rebecca Vest, Vice President, Purchasing, NA, is named Vice President, Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. In this newly created role, Vest will oversee a variety of functions that serve to enhance the company's corporate partnerships, corporate social responsibility and environmental footprint. She will oversee the following functions: Diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, Sustainability and 4R, OEM Partnerships and Internal Audit. She will be based in Franklin and report to Becker. Mike McConnell, Vice President, Corporate Planning Office (CPO) and Financial Products, NMAC is named Vice President, Consumer Credit and Customer Service, NMAC. In addition to his new role, McConnell will retain responsibility for Commercial Credit. McConnell will report to Kaczynski, and he will split his time between Franklin and NMAC headquarters in Dallas. Andres de la Parra, General Director, Nissan Renault Finance Management (NRFM), is promoted to Vice President, CPO and Financial Products, replacing McConnell. De la Parra will maintain oversight of NRFM, and his successor as General Director at NRFM will be named at a later date. He will be based in Franklin and will also report to Kaczynski. Greg Jones, Director, Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP), Smyrna, is promoted to Senior Director, Manufacturing HR, NA. In this new role, Jones will take responsibility for all U.S. manufacturing HR strategy and oversight, plant safety, labor relations and manufacturing communications (shared responsibility with Kristina Adamski, Director, Group Communications). He will report to Andrew Tavi, Vice President, Legal, Government Affairs and Human Resources. Paul O'Brien, Director, Talent Management, replaces Jones as Director, HRBP, Smyrna. He will be based at Smyrna, reporting to Jones. Melissa Coulson, Senior Manager, Talent Management, is promoted to Director, Talent Management, replacing O'Brien. In this role, Coulson will have responsibility for all Talent Development and Training throughout North America. She will report to Tavi and be based in Franklin. Rodney Francis, Senior Manager, HRBP, Canton, is promoted to Director, HRBP, Canton, reporting to Jones. Francis will be based in Canton. Sales & Marketing: Erik Gottfried, Director, Dealer Network Development (DND) Strategy, is named Director, Business Strategy in the Regional Strategy and Planning Office (RSPO). In his new role, Gottfried will oversee the areas of Strategy and Acceleration Planning. He will report to Szymon Walus, Senior Director, RSPO, and will be based in Franklin. Toby Perry, Director, Nissan Sales Operations, replaces Gottfried as Director, DND Strategy. He will also be based in Franklin and will report to David Kershaw, Vice President, DND. Bart Buttles, Area General Manager, Nissan Southeast Region, is promoted to Director, Nissan Sales Operations, replacing Perry. Buttles will report to Judy Wheeler, Vice President, Sales, Nissan Division U.S. He will be based in Franklin. Hiroki Hasegawa, Alliance General Director, Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO) is named Vice President, Purchasing, NA. He also assumes Vest's role as North American Regional Purchasing Head for RNPO. Hasegawa-san will report to John Martin, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, and he will be based in Franklin. Carol Jean Milner, Senior Manager, Supplier Account Manager, RNPO, is promoted to the new position of Director, Global Supplier Account Officer, with dual reporting to Hasegawa-san and Shohei Yamazaki, Alliance Global Director, RNPO. Milner will be based in Farmington Hills where she will be in the Materials, Chassis and Stamping Parts Purchasing Group with responsibility for fuel system, exhaust and parking brake components. Kouryou Han, Subdirector, Purchasing, Nissan Mexico (NMEX), is promoted to Director, Purchasing, NMEX. In this newly created position, Han will lead purchasing project management activities for Mexico projects, overseeing cross-functional activities to achieve key cost and timing milestones. Jay Boyte, Senior Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Decherd, is promoted to Director, Manufacturing Engineering, Decherd. He replaces Fumihiro Katsumata, who is returning to a new assignment with NML in Japan and will report to Mark Swenson, Vice President, Production Engineering and Quality. Ricky Knight, Director, Supply Chain Management (SCM) is retiring from Nissan effective June 30, after 33 years of exemplary service to the company. Allyson Fearns, Senior Manager, SCM, Decherd, is promoted to Director, SCM, Smyrna, replacing Knight. She will report to Mark Sharp, Senior Director, SCM.