Infiniti has appointed Francois Goupil de Bouille as new chief of its European operations, replacing Fintan Knight. According to Infiniti, Knight had "elected to pursue interests outside of the company." Knight had been with Infiniti since May 1, 2013. He had served in Ford, Audi, BMW and Lamborghini. Goupil de Bouille was previously head of Infiniti’s global operations based in Hong Kong.
In his new role, Goupil de Bouille will move to Infiniti's European base in Rolle, Switzerland. In a statement, Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen said Goupil de Bouille carries a wealth of experience in Europe and an impressive track record. The statement noted that under Goupil de Bouille's stewardship, Nissan managed to triple its yearly sales in Russia to 150,000, making it best-selling Japanese brand in the country.
Goupil de Bouille commenced his automotive career in 1987 at Ford France. After holding executive positions in sales and aftersales at Ford, Goupil de Bouille joined Nissan in 2002 as a commercial director.
He was responsible for Nissan’s operations in Russia and Ukraine from 2009 until joining Infiniti. The marque is bidding to hike its European sales through the launch of new models like the Q30 compact car that will be produced at Nissan’s Sunderland site England in 2015.
“Francois Goupil de Bouillé is a proven automotive leader who has a wealth of experience in Europe. He is one of our most senior executives and has an impressive track record. I am looking forward to his leadership particularly as we prepare for the launch of the Q30 in 2015”, said de Nysschen. “Fintan Knight has played a key role in shaping Infiniti as a modern and young challenger brand with an attitude. At the same time, he transformed the EMEA organization in preparation of future growth. I am grateful for his contributions and wish him all the best for his future endeavors.” [source: Infiniti]