Infiniti has appointed Fintan Knight as its new Vice President for brand operations in Africa, Middle East, India and Europe, effective May 1, 2013. His appointment was announced by Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen. Knight will replace Bernard Loire, who has been appointed as the Managing Director of Nissan Italia.
Before joining Infiniti, Knight was the commercial director and Member of the Board of Management at Automobil Lamborghini SpA. He was responsible for the Italian carmaker’s marketing, sales, aftersales and joint subsidiary management. From 1995 to 2008, Knight held management positions at Audi. He was the managing director of Audi Ireland and general manager of Audi Asia and Pacific.
According to de Nysschen, Knight’s appointment is a key ingredient that further strengthens the Infiniti leadership team. Infiniti’s president remarked that Knight’s proven track record in premium brand management will be “a tremendous asset” as the carmaker reaches out to new customers as part of its global growth plan.
He expressed confidence that Fintan will make a substantial contribution to Infiniti’s long-term success. Knight started his automotive career in BMW in Australia. He holds a degree in economics from University of Western Australia and an MBA from IESE Business School, University of Navarra.