Hidetoshi Imazu, senior vice president, vehicle production engineering division, is appointed executive vice president, manufacturing and supply chain management of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and chairman of the management committee for Europe. Imazu will be proposed as a director of the company at Nissan's annual general shareholders meeting in June.
Imazu replaces Hiroto Saikawa, executive vice president for purchasing, who will take on the role as chairman of the management committee for the Americas, replacing Carlos Ghosn.
Imazu has had a full career history with Nissan including a number of senior roles in engineering and production. In 1999, he moved to Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd., where he was deputy managing director, responsible for engineering, quality assurance and finance functions. In 2002, he was appointed senior vice president responsible for manufacturing and industrial engineering division before becoming senior vice president of vehicle production engineering in 2006.
Imazu, 57, graduated from the faculty of Engineering at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and is married with three children.
Trevor Mann is appointed as senior vice president, manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management for Europe.
In this senior role, Mann will oversee all manufacturing operations in Europe, including plant facilities in Spain, the UK and in Russia where Nissan will commence production in early 2009. He will retain his current responsibilities as vice president of manufacturing, UK and will report directly to Imazu.
Mann will replace Colin Dodge, who will take on a new role as senior vice president, general overseas markets (GOM), China operations and global information systems. Dodge will also serve on the Nissan executive committee.
Mann began his career in manufacturing as a management trainee at BBH Coil & Transformer Limited before joining Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited in 1985. Here, he first worked as a team leader assigned to trim and final assembly in the production department. He then held a number of roles between 1987 and 2003 managing the production, trim and final assembly and engineering departments.
In November 2003, Mann was appointed director of operations and production, overseeing all Sunderland based production and production control areas. In April 2004, Mann became deputy managing director, overseeing operations, and in January 2006 he was appointed vice president of manufacturing in the UK,
Mann, 45, who studied at Gateshead Technical College and Durham Technical College, is married with three children.
Notes to Editors:
In Europe, Nissan employs approximately 12,000 people in its design, research and development, manufacturing, logistics, and sales and marketing operations. Last year, the company manufactured a total of 507,201 vehicles in its Spanish and British plants and sold 539,773 vehicles in Europe. Nissan Europe's Head Office is based in Trappes (Paris), France.
Source: Nissan Europe