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Nissan Americas Announces Senior Management Changes

Nissan Americas, a unit of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (NSANY.PK), on Friday announced several senior leadership changes at the company's American operations. The changes, effective April 1, are part of the company's efforts to strengthen its 'Power 88' business plan.

Nissan appointed Jose Munoz as senior vice president of sales and marketing, Latin America and Customer Quality and Dealer Network Development for the Americas. He is currently serving as president and managing director of Nissan Mexicana.

Munoz will be based in Franklin, Tennessee, and report to Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Management Committee - Americas or MC-A.

In the newly created role, Munoz will be responsible for the operating performance of the company's Mexican, Latin American and Brazilian operations, and will represent each on the MC-A.

The presidents of the three operations will each report to Munoz. He will also be responsible for the company's Dealer Network Development organization across the Americas.

Further, Nissan appointed Jose Luis Valls as president and managing director of Nissan Mexicana or NMEX, reporting to Munoz. Valls is currently regional vice president of commercial sales, NMEX.

Carlos Servin has been named as regional vice president of finance, NMEX, and Nissan Latin America and Caribbean or NLAC. He will have a dual report to Jett Johns, vice president of finance, Nissan Americas and Munoz. Servin is currently director of finance, NMEX.

Roberto Delgado, currently assistant director of manufacturing finance, NMEX, has been named director of finance, Monozukuri and R&D, NMEX. He will report to Servin.

Nissan has promoted Kenneth Ramirez to vice president/managing director of Nissan Latin America and Caribbean or NLAC. He is currently director of NLAC. Ramirez will report to Munoz.

The automaker appointed Anderson Ramos as director of logistics, Nissan Brazil. Toshiyuki Fujikura, currently director of R&D at the Brazil unit will return to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. or NML in Japan to take on a new assignment. Yutaka Saito will succeed Fujikura as director of R&D, Nissan Brazil.

Further, Nissan named Antoine Doucerain as director of manufacturing operations, Nissan Brazil. He is currently general manager of Maubeuge MCA Plant at Renault, France.

Alfonso Albaisa has been named design director at NML in Japan. He replaces Taro Ueda, who has been named named vice president of NDA, succeeding Albaisa.

Nissan also announced several other executive changes at Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. or NMAC. James Morton is the new general manager of sales finance, at NML. He is succeeded by Kevin Chartier, currently director of Remarketing as director of financial products, NMAC.

Kevin Cullum, currently director of Credit Services, has been named director, Remarketing. Mary Lauwereins will succeed Cullum as director, Credit Services.

Nissan announced executive changes at its Infiniti business unit as well as at the corporate planning and program management office. The company also announced other executive changes at its marketing and sales as well as R&D units, and at the Purchasing and Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization.

In Friday's session, NSANY.PK is trading at $20.55, down $0.27 or 1.30 percent on a volume of 28,355 shares.

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