Nissan Europe has announced the appointment of Philippe Saillard as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, a promotion from his current role as Vice President for Nissan Europe Sales.
Mr. Saillard, 51, succeeds Guillaume Cartier, 49, who has been appointed Corporate Vice President, Division General Manager, for Mitsubishi Motors Corp, based in Tokyo. Mitsubishi joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance in October 2016 when Nissan took a 34 percent stake in the Japanese automaker.
At the same time, James Wright, Vice President, Nissan Europe East, is appointed Divisional Vice President, Nissan Europe East. In this new role, he will be responsible for the business performance of Russia, Ukraine, Central Eastern Europe and the Datsun Business Unit, among other entities. Both Mr. Saillard and Mr. Wright, 56, will report to Paul Willcox, Nissan Europe’s Chairman.
All changes are effective April 1.
“With their solid track records in sales and marketing across Europe, I have no doubt that both Philippe Saillard and James Wright will continue the outstanding work of Guillaume Cartier and help us meet our goal of becoming the most desirable Asian car brand by 2020,” said Mr. Willcox.
Mr. Saillard joined Nissan in 2006 as Sales Director for Nissan Europe West and proceeded to hold several key sales & marketing roles including Sales Director for Infiniti in Europe; Managing Director of the Central & Eastern European region; and Managing Director of Nissan Europe East, the region which includes Russia, where in 2015 he was promoted to Vice President.
Mr. Saillard’s replacement will be announced in due course.
Mr. Wright was appointed Vice President, Nissan Europe East in October 2016. Prior to that he was Managing Director of Nissan Motor Great Britain (NMGB) for six years. He also has served as Vice President of Infiniti Europe, where he oversaw the launch of the brand into the European market in 2008.