Takashi Shirakawa is now the chief of Nissan’s research and development in Europe. The appointment too effect on April 1. Shirakawa boasts of over two decades of experience with the carmaker’s r&d department, focusing on emissions reductions for diesel engines. Shirakawa had been the chief of powertrain design and development, vehicle testing, and LCV engineering in Europe for Nissan since 2011.
He joined the Japanese carmaker in 1992. Shirakawa succeeds Hiroshi Nagaoka, who is now corporate vice president and Renault-Nissan Alliance global director of computer aided engineering and testing in Japan. Shirakawa will hold office at Nissan's European technical center in Cranfield, England. He is reporting to Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan’s European management committee.
He will be replaced by Masaki Toriumi as head of powertrain design and development, vehicle testing, and LCV engineering in Europe for Nissan. Toriumi will hold office in Barcelona, Spain and will report to Shirakawa. Meanwhile, Nissan has named Friederike Kienitz as its chief of legal affairs in Europe, succeeding Hari Nada, who was appointed to yet unnamed position in Japan. [source: Nissan]