Nissan has named Trevor Mann as its chief performance officer, as part of a wide-ranging management overhaul implemented by chief executive Carlos Ghosn. The management overhaul came as the Japanese carmaker revised downward its full-year profit forecast by 15 percent, attributed to the slowing demand in emerging markets and increasing recall costs.
Mann will remain as boss of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India. He is one of three executives taking on more responsibilities. The other two are Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga and chief competitive officer Hiroto Saikawa, Shiga will become Nissan’s vice chairman in charge of external affairs and corporate governance.
His COO post will be eliminated and will be replaced by Mann as chief performance officer, global head of Datsun, and chief of the light commercial vehicle and the global aftersales business unit; and global product planning and marketing chief Andy Palmer, who will become chief planning officer, leading global sales, product planning, communications and marketing.
Palmer will also lead Nissan's electric vehicle and battery business. Saikawa remains chief competitive officer but will also lead Nissan’s operations committee, making him the de facto No. 2 after Ghosn, according to Nissan spokesman Jeff Kuhlman. Saikawa will also lead Nissan’s operations in China. [source: Nissan]