Nissan India announces changes in senior management: NMIPL MD Takayuki Ishida

Nissan Motor Company Limited, Japan has made certain changes in its senior management levels in India.  Among these changes announced will be transfer of Takayuki Ishida, presently General Manager – India Department in Japan will relocate to Chennai where he will take over as Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd.  Present GM, Kiminobu Tokuyama will now return to Japan where he is scheduled for an executive role at Yorozu Corporation, one of Nissan’s main suppliers of automobile components.

Current President, Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd (NMAP) and Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co. Ltd and Regional Vice President, Asia & Oceania Operations, Toru Hasegawa will now don the role of Corporate Vice President, Africa, Middle East and India (AMI). In his words, “Nissan is becoming an increasingly significant presence in India. We recently added to our already broad product range with the popular Sunny sedan and announced that the all-new Evalia will go into production in Chennai this summer.”

He added, “We are targeting 1 lakh vehicle sales in India by FY2013 supported by a tripling of our retail network. And, from 2014, we will introduce the Datsun brand focusing on quality-driven products that are relevant to our Indian customers.” “Achieving our ambitions for India will be challenging, but I have every confidence that the local management team we are announcing today will build on the significant achievements of their predecessors.”

Trevor Mann, currently Senior Vice President – Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Production Engineering and Purchasing for Europe will henceforth be in charge of Africa, Middle East and India.  Toru Hasegawa, President – Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd and Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co. Ltd is to hold position of Vice President – Africa, Middle East and India.

Mr. Kou Kimura, Managing Director of Nissan’s Chennai Plant will also return to Japan where he will be appointed in a senior position at Nissan Motor’s Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Division.  Toshihiko Sano, General Manager – Vehicle Production Engineering at Nissan Motors, Japan will become Managing Director, Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt. Ltd.  He has been working in various capacities with Nissan for the past 30 years.  He will be in charge of Nissan Chennai Plant, which has recently doubled its production capacity to 400,000 units per annum.