Nissan Motor has filled the vacancy left by ex-chief planning officer Andy Palmer by recruiting Daniele Schillaci to be its new global head of sales and marketing. Italian native Schillaci, 50 years old, is making the transfer from Toyota Europe. Palmer had departed Nissan to work for Aston Martin. On July 15, Schillaci will start work as Nissan’s executive vice president in charge of global marketing and sales.
He will also be a member of the automaker’s executive committee. In a press release, CEO Carlos Ghosn said that Schillaci is tasked with overseeing the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. His focus will be on customer service, brand building, and sales improvement. Before joining Nissan, Schillaci served as Toyota’s top sales and marketing executive for Europe since 2012.
Before that, he was the CEO of Toyota’s French operations. He became a part of Toyota in 2002 as a marketing manager after heading Italian marketing for Alfa Romeo. It was in 1993 that he started his automotive career. Schillaci will be reporting directly to Philippe Klein, who replaced Palmer when he departed from Nissan last autumn to be Aston Martin’s CEO.
Currently, Klein serves as Nissan’s chief planning officer with global oversight of product planning, program management, market intelligence, marketing, sales and information technology. With the hiring of Schillaci, it brings back an executive vice president position one level below that will specialize in global marketing and sales.
Meanwhile, Corporate Vice President Allan Rushforth, current head of global sales, will be reporting to Schillaci. Roel de Vries will be the head of marketing at the corporate vice president level. Schillaci has an engineering degree in new industrial technologies and business management from the Polytechnic University of Milan. The languages that he speaks include Italian, French, English and Spanish.