Nissan and Datsun India MD resigns – 3rd senior level exit in 13 months
A few days after Nissan admitted to claiming wrong mileage figures in their cars, their MD in India has resigned.
Nissan and Datsun India MD Jerome Saigot has resigned from his post as Managing Director of Nissan India. He will be leaving Nissan at the end of this month and cites a decision to pursue his career outside of the Nissan Group as his reasons for resigning.
Saigot’s resignation is the third senior level exit in the past one year. In June Satinder Singh Bajwa, Director Sales and Marketing left Nissan India to join Mahindra and Mahindra as Vice President of the company’s small commercial vehicle division.
Sanjay Gupta, Vice President of Nissan India also resigned after just one year and seven months at Nissan India. In March 2018, Arun Malhotra, MD, Nissan India also resigned.
Saigot had joined Nissan India in 2010. He was instrumental in the launch of the company’s Datsun brand in Russia and took over the post of Vice President Operations in Nissan India in 2015. It was in October 2017 that he was promoted to the post of Managing Director if Nissan and Datsun India. Prior to his appointment with Nissan India, he had also worked with the PSA Group in France and Russia for around 12 years.
These resignations come at a time when Nissan India is gearing up for launch of the Nissan Leaf EV in India later this year while the Kicks SUV has also been announced for launch in January 2019.
Speaking about sales performance of Nissan in India, the company registers an average of 800-850 sales every month. On the other hand, Datsun India registers sales of about 2,500 to 3,000 units every month.