Nelda J. Connors, an independent outside adviser to Nissan’s U.S. board of directors, will be recognized with an Industry Influencer Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual Induction and Awards ceremony on July 22 in Detroit. The Industry Influencer Award recognizes individuals who are influencing and leading through their actions, innovations and visible positions on issues pertinent to the automotive industry and its future.
Connors joined the Nissan U.S. board of directors as an adviser in November 2020. In this role, she provides guidance to the board on matters of U.S. business operations, governance, short- and long-term strategic planning, diversity and inclusion and sustainability. Connors has worked in many aspects of the global automotive industry including engineering, plant management and aftermarket as well as for OEM suppliers. She is the founder and chief executive officer of Pine Grove Holdings, LLC, a privately held investment company.
“Nelda’s global automotive experience has proven invaluable to our U.S. board, as we deliver the Nissan NEXT plan and its goals of a more sustainable business for employees, dealers, suppliers and customers,” said Jérémie Papin, senior vice president, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, and chairperson, Nissan Americas. “She is among a select group of individuals who have helped shape the automotive industry, and we congratulate her on this significant achievement.”
The Automotive Hall of Fame tells the stories of those who have made outstanding contributions to the automotive industry and has honored nearly 800 men and women from around the world since its founding in 1939.