Ashwani Gupta appointed Alliance Senior Vice President of the Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit
The Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit will be led by Ashwani Gupta as Alliance senior vice president, who will report to Carlos Ghosn, from April 1.Read Now
By unleashing the full potential of Renault's van expertise and Nissan's truck know-how in key markets, the Alliance intends to grow its light commercial vehicle sales worldwide. In the spirit of the Alliance, partners will leverage complementary markets and products while maintaining their own brand identity, sales and revenue.
"The combination of Renault, Nissan and the early collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors in a single Alliance LCV Business Unit will boost sales and deliver greater synergies," Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said. "With this move, we plan to expand our market leadership by accelerating our performance in current and new, high-growth markets, based on each company's core products and market knowledge, and driven by customer needs."
The Unit will continue to maximise cross-development and cross-manufacturing and is expected to deliver further synergies in costs and technology. Renault and Nissan have established cross-production of vans and trucks over the last several years; for example, the Nissan NV300 van is built on the Renault Trafic platform; the Nissan NV400 van is built on the Renault Master platform; and the Renault Alaskan pickup is built on the Nissan Navara platform. The new Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit will also handle Nissan's body-on-frame SUVs, including the Nissan Armada and Nissan Patrol.
Born in Dehradun, India, Ashwani Gupta graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, India, and obtained a diploma from INSEAD Business School in France. He has been vice president of Renault's Light Commercial Vehicle Division since 2014, where he oversees the automaker's worldwide LCV business. He joined Renault in 2006 as general manager of purchasing at Renault India in Mumbai. In 2008, he moved to the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organization in Paris as global supplier account manager for braking systems. He joined Renault Nissan B.V. in 2009 as deputy general manager, global purchasing. In 2011, Gupta was appointed global program director for Datsun programs at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. in Japan, where he led the product development to launch in India, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa. He started his career in 1992 in engineering and purchasing in the private sector and later moved to management positions in the automotive industry.
Total LCV volume 2016
In 2016, Groupe Renault sold 443,931 LCVs globally, including Avtovaz. The top-selling models in 2016 were Kangoo with 118,200 units, Master with 91,900 units and Trafic with 81,600 units.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. sold 815,490 LCVs globally. The top-selling models in 2016 were NP300 Navara with 196,257 units, Frontier with 102,497 units and NV200 with 54,118 units.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. sold 248,000 LCVs globally. The top-selling model in 2016 was Triton/L200 with 125,000 units.
Nissan announces senior management appointments
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has announced senior management appointments, effective April 1, 2017.Read Now
The changes cover the positions of Executive Committee members, Senior Vice Presidents (SVP), Corporate Vice Presidents (CVP) and Vice Presidents (VP).
Kimiyasu Nakamura, currently Executive Vice President, Total Customer Satisfaction and Chairman of the management committee for Japan, Asia, and Oceania, remains EVP focusing on Total Customer Satisfaction.
Daniele Schillaci, currently Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Sales, Zero Emission Vehicle, and battery business unit, adds responsibility of the management committee for Japan, Asia, and Oceania.
Corporate Officers and Vice Presidents
Christian Mardrus, currently Senior Vice President, Chairman of the management committee for Africa, the Middle East, and India is appointed Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation.
Peyman Kargar, currently Vice President, Sales & Marketing, AMI, Renault is appointed Senior Vice President, Chairman of the management committee for Africa, the Middle East, and India.
Alfonso Albaisa, currently Corporate Vice President, Design Business Management / Strategic Design, Global Design Center, Executive Design Director, Infiniti is appointed Senior Vice President, Global Design.
Kunio Nakaguro, currently Senior Vice President, R&D, NNA is appointed Corporate Vice President, Nissan Product Development No. 1.
Yukio Ito, currently Division General Manager, Global Aftersales Planning, is appointed Corporate Vice President, marketing and sales Japan.
Catherine Perez, currently Vice President, Program Director, is appointed Corporate Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Partnerships and Business Development.
Jose Roman, currently Division Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Latin America, is appointed Corporate Vice President, Global Datsun Business Unit.
Carlos Servin, currently Senior Vice President, Finance, Nissan North America, assumes the additional role of Corporate Vice President, Finance, Regions' Performance Optimization.
Ivan Espinosa, currently Program Director, is appointed Vice President, Global Product Planning.
Yoshihiro Kawai, currently General Manager, Project Purchasing, RNPO, is appointed Vice President, RNPO-NISSAN projects & support functions.
Takuya Nakamura, currently Alliance Global Director, Vehicle Process Engineering, is appointed Vice President, Tochigi Plant.
Celso Guiotoko, currently Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate IS / IT will take a senior role in the statutory auditor's office. He will be proposed as a statutory auditor at the Annual General Shareholders Meeting in June.
Amit Sethi joins the company and is appointed Vice President, Global Corporate IS / IT.
Senior Management (SVP, CVP and VP) leaving Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. as of March 31, 2017
Vincent Cobee, CVP, is transferred to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation as of April 1, 2017.
Naoya Fujimoto, CVP, is transferred to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation as of April 1, 2017.
Takahide Tsujitani, VP, is transferred to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation as of April 1, 2017.
Philippe Guerin-Boutaud, CVP, returns to Renault as of April 1, 2017.
Shiro Nakamura, SVP, retires from Nissan.
Keno Kato, CVP, retires from Nissan.
Hiromi Takaoka, VP, retires from Nissan.
Ryoji Kurosawa, VP, retires from Nissan.
Former head of BMW Design named as INFINITI design chief
Karim Habib, former Head of BMW Design has been named Head of INFINITI Design, effective July 1, 2017.Read Now
Habib has an accomplished track record in Automotive Design for several premium automotive brands, including BMW and Daimler AG. He will be based in the company's technical centre in Atsugi, Japan and lead the global INFINITI design teams in Japan; Beijing, China; San Diego, USA and London, England. He will report to Alfonso Albaisa, newly appointed Senior Vice President Global Design for NISSAN Motor Corporation.
"We are happy to have Karim join us and head our global INFINITI design teams. During his career as a designer and a leader of global teams he always created modern and inspiring designs" said Alfonso Albaisa. "Karim is very skilled at capturing the heart and passion of a brand while at the same time giving each design its unique character. I look forward to Karim inspiring our teams to shape the next generation of INFINITI's"
"Karim has a strong background and impressive track record in automotive design and the knowledge and mindset to develop a global premium brand" said Roland Krueger, Global President of INFINTI Motors Limited "Design is one of the key pillars of our global brand development at INFINITI. Karim brings unique design skills that will accelerate INFINITI's progress toward the goal of capturing and expanding our share in the global luxury market."
Karim Habib most recently led the BMW Brand Design team in Munich, Germany, where he was responsible for production and concept cars such as, the X1, the X2 Concept and the CSL Homage. Before this, as head of advanced design for Daimler, he worked on the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class as well as the new Smart. He started his career at BMW in Advanced Design where he was responsible for the Design of the previous 7 Series and the Concept CS.
Habib entered the automotive industry after earning a Mechanical engineering degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a design degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA.
CSX Names E. Hunter Harrison as Chief Executive Officer
Company Announces Agreement With Mantle Ridge to Reconstitute its Board.Read Now
CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) today announced the Company has named E. Hunter Harrison, a proven railroad executive with a well-regarded track record of producing market-leading operating results, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Mr. Harrison replaces Michael Ward, who announced his decision to retire as Chairman and CEO on February 21, 2017 and will become a consultant to CSX, effective immediately.
The Company also announced that it has reached an agreement with Mantle Ridge LP, an investment firm formed by Paul Hilal, to reconstitute the Company's Board of Directors. Under the terms of the agreement, CSX has appointed five new directors to its Board of Directors, mutually agreed upon by CSX and Mantle Ridge and effective immediately – Mr. Harrison, Mr. Hilal, Dennis Reilley, Linda Riefler and John Zillmer. In addition, three incumbent CSX directors intend to complete their service for the Board at or before the conclusion of the 2017 annual meeting. As a result, the size of the Board will be 13 members. CSX's current Presiding Director, Edward J. Kelly, III, will become Chairman of the Board and Mr. Hilal will become Vice Chairman.
Hunter Harrison, said, "I am proud to join the dedicated and talented railroaders at CSX. Together, we will implement Precision Scheduled Railroading – a model proven to improve safety, create better service for customers, produce a proud and winning culture for employees, and generate exceptional, lasting value for shareholders."
Paul Hilal, said, "I thank every CSX director, including those leaving the Board, for their constructive and skillful engagement that enabled this terrific outcome for CSX. The Board is united behind a shared goal – creating value for shareholders and all stakeholders by implementing the Precision Scheduled Railroading model at CSX. Together, we have created the conditions for success. Now the real work begins."
As part of his compensation, Mr. Harrison will receive an award of incentive options to purchase nine million shares of CSX stock at its current trading price, eight million of which will be granted as an inducement award under the Nasdaq listing rules. The options will vest over four years with half of the options vesting based on service and half vesting based on the achievement of designated performance goals over the four year period.
Paolo Pompei appointed new Business Area President at the Trelleborg Group
Paolo Pompei has been appointed as the new Business Area President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems as of April 1, 2017.Read Now
He succeeds Maurizio Vischi, who is retiring. Like his predecessor, Paolo will be a member of Trelleborg Group Management.
Pompei, born in 1971, has worked at Trelleborg Wheel Systems in various management positions since 1999, and for the past number of years has been in charge of the global operations of agricultural tyres.
"We are very satisfied to be able to promote Paolo. He has an excellent profile as well as a very suitable background in all respects. We are certain that he will be able to continue the successful development of our tyre operations in close cooperation with the excellent team at Trelleborg Wheel Systems. Paolo has been instrumental and closely involved in the acquisition of CGS and is a strong contributor in the ongoing integration activities," said Peter Nilsson, President and CEO of Trelleborg.
"I am proud and honoured to assume the responsibility for the continued development of Trelleborg's tyre operations. I am highly committed to the business and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. We are at an exciting stage in the development of Trelleborg Wheel Systems with the ongoing integration of CGS's tyre operation. I am eagerly looking forward to the continued development," said Pompei.
Maurizio Vischi has been Business Area President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems since 2001. He has been a core asset and a main contributor in the successful development of the business area for more than 15 years.
"I want to extend my warm and heartfelt thanks to Maurizio Vischi, not only for the development of our tyre operations but also for being a personal support in many ways. Under Maurizio's leadership, the business area has seen fantastic development. It has created global positions, improved its geographical footprint, launched numerous new products, solutions and concepts, and grown substantially, both organically and structurally. Maurizio stands for competence, expertise and enormous integrity, as well as commitment and Italian passion. He has been a major asset in the development of the entire Trelleborg Group," concluded Nilsson.