Nissan names new MD

Nissan Europe has named Alex Smith as managing director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd.

Mr Smith, previously director, Volkswagen UK, takes over from James Wright, who has been appointed vice president of Nissan Europe East, overseeing Russia, Ukraine, Central Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia),and the Datsun Business Unit in Russia, among other entities.

Mr Smith and Mr Wright will report to Guillaume Cartier, senior vice president for sales and marketing in Nissan Europe.

‘I am delighted to welcome Alex to the Nissan team,’ said Mr Cartier. ‘With more than 20 years’ experience in the UK automotive industry and a solid track record, Alex will be a tremendous asset to our business.

‘Alex’s appointment, as well as the other senior management changes announced today, will strengthen our organisation’s ability to operate in an increasingly complex business environment and ensure we meet our goal of becoming the most desirable Asian brand in Europe by 2020,’ said Mr Cartier.