Nissan returns to the management structure it had before the global economic crisis

Article by Christian A., on May 31, 2011

If there is a message that Nissan North America wants to tell the public about its management structure, it’s that everything’s back to normal.

What this means exactly is that with Carlos Tavares’ departure as Nissan’s chairman of the Americas to serve as Renault’s chief operating officer, Nissan’s management structure will be similar to what it was before the worldwide economic crisis struck in late 2008.

Bill Krueger, formerly a manufacturing executive at Toyota and General Motors, was recruited by Nissan in 2005. Krueger will take on the role of senior North American executive. Starting June 13, Krueger will have the added title of vice chairman and will handle day-to-day operating issues. Krueger has a wide range of functions at Nissan.

At the same, he serves as the senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain management and customer satisfaction. Colin Dodge, Nissan’s multitasking executive who is based in Japan, has been named as the management committee chairman over the region.

He will have to fly to North America to attend meetings. Aside from that, Dodge is still the chairman of Nissan’s operations in Africa, India, the Middle East and Europe. In addition, he continues to function as Nissan’s chief recovery officer, a role made to stem the flow of its financial losses during the global economy crisis in 2008.

Nissan North America has gone back to having a management team that’s composed mostly of senior vice president-level executives and ran by a vice chairman.

Nissan North America is involved in automotive styling, engineering, distribution and manufacturing as well as consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing. Through Nissan North American, Nissan operates Nissan Manufacturing and Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. The plant commenced operations in 2003. The first vehicle rolled off the production line at the Canton plant on May 27, 2003.

Headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Nissan Jidosha Kabushiki-gaisha) is Japanese multinational carmaker that produces and sells cars under the Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun brands.

In 1928, Yoshisuke Aikawa founded the Nihon Sangyo holding company, with the 'Nissan' name serving as an abbreviation for Nihon Sangyo. Nihon Sangyo was a zaibatsu or a business group that included Tobata Casting and Hitachi. Nissan only commenced automobile manufacturing in 1933, when carmaker DAT Jidosha Seizo merged into Tobata Casting.

Jidosha-Seizo Co., Ltd. was officially established on December 26, 1933 under the Nissan Group. It took control of the automobile parts division from Tobata Casting. In May 1934, Jidosha-Seizo completed the construction of its Yokohama plant in 1935. In June that year, Jidosha-Seizo changed its named back to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

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