July 23, 2014 3:31 PM ET


Company Overview of Nissan North America, Inc.

Company Overview

Nissan North America, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of Nissan vehicles in North America. It offers various cars, such as hatchbacks, sedans, cubes, and coupes; electric cars; sports cars; crossovers, SUVs, and minivans; trucks and commercial vehicles; and various specs, options, and accessories. The company also provides automotive financial services. It offers its products through a network of dealers and through its fleet sales operations. Nissan North America, Inc. was formerly known as Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. and changed its name to Nissan North America, Inc. in January 1999. The company was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Smyrna, Ten...

983 Nissan Drive

Smyrna, TN 37167

United States

Founded in 1960





Key Executives for Nissan North America, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance
Chief Executive Officer of North America and Executive Vice President of Purchasing -Nissan Motor Company
Age: 61
Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co.
Age: 60
President of Nissan Brazil
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Nissan North America, Inc. Key Developments

Nissan North America Inc. Announces Bubbles on Infiniti FX Dashboards Lead to Class Action

The class action case against Nissan North America Inc. involved Infiniti FX35 and FX45 sport utility vehicles with a protracted dashboard problem. Extraneous effervescence. Bubbling dashboards have led an Independence jury to award $2,000 each to perhaps a 1,000 Missouri motorists. Attorney Kevin Stanley, who represented consumers, said bubbles appeared on the dashboards of 2003 model year Infiniti FX vehicles and Nissan North America came up with a replacement dashboard three years later. Nissan warranty claims include 80 instances of bubbles on the new dashboards. The company had extended the warranty for the dashboards to eight years and unlimited mileage. The warranty followed the vehicle even after resale, according to a letter customers received and that was posted online. The letter assured owners the problem was strictly cosmetic and does not present a safety issue. Nissan North America, it said, was ready to replace the dashes and cover expenses for those who had the repair or replacement done previously. The extension came only after the lawsuit was filed in December 2009. The jury, acting in two hours after two weeks of trial, awarded the damages to members of the court-approved class.

Nissan Group Reports U.S. Sales for March 2014

Nissan Group announced sales results for the month of march 2014. For the month, the company reported total U.S. sales of 149,136 units, an increase of 8.3% over the prior year. Nissan division march sales were 136,642 units compared to 126,623 units a year ago.

Nissan North America Announces Executive Changes

Nissan North America, announced a number of leadership changes within its North and Latin American operations that will help continue momentum from a banner year for the company. The following changes are effective April 1, unless otherwise noted. Those with North American region designation are responsible for Canada, Mexico and the United States. Leon Dorssers, currently vice president, Customer Quality & Dealer Network Development, is named vice president, Dealer Network Development, and will focus solely on the North American region. John Spoon, currently vice president, Parts & Service, is named to a new position as vice president, Customer Quality and Chief Customer Officer, North American region. Rob Wilson, currently director, Americas Diversity Office, is named to a new position as director, Customer Quality. Kent O'Hara, currently senior director, Aftersales, is promoted to vice president, Aftersales, North American region. Jack Wilkerson, currently director, Infiniti Operations is named director, Aftersales, Sales & Marketing. Jason Yang, currently vice president, Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company, will transition to the U.S. and is appointed general manager, West Region. Pat Steiner, currently regional vice president, Nissan Central Region, is named director, Project Lead Acceleration Office. Fred DePerez, currently director, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager for Altima/Maxima/GT-R, is named regional vice president, Central Region. Eric Ledieu, currently director, Aftersales, Nissan Canada, is named director, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager for Altima/Maxima/GT-R. Michael Soutter, currently senior manager, Field Operations and Business Planning, Nissan Canada, is promoted to director, Aftersales, Nissan Canada. Maria Eugenia Santiago, currently director, Corporate Communications, Nissan Mexico, is named to a new position, director, Corporate Communications, Latin America. Herman Morfin, currently, sub-director, Corporate Communications, Nissan Mexico, is promoted to director, Corporate Communications, Nissan Mexico. Christina Murray, currently director, Internal Audit, U.S., is named director, Regional Strategy & Planning Office. Clay Gassaway, currently director, Business Transformation, is named director, Internal Audit, North American region. Lynn Blake, currently deputy program director, Renault, is returning from a foreign service assignment and is named director, Business Transformation. Jeffrey Webster, currently director, Human Resources, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, is named director, Americas Diversity Office, North American region. Tom Suter, currently senior manager, Human Resources, Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant and Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant, is promoted to director, Human Resources, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. Leonel Medrano, currently sub-director, Central Finance, Nissan Mexico -- Aguascalientes, is promoted to a new position, director, Monozukuri Finance, Nissan Mexico. Roberto Delgado, currently director, Finance, Nissan Mexico -- Mexico City, is named to a new position, regional vice president, Administration & Finance, Latin America. John Schnoes, currently Deputy Program Director, Vehicle Information Technology, Nissan Motor Company in Japan, is promoted to Program Director, Vehicle Information Technology. Yutaka Saito, currently director, Product Engineering, Nissan do Brasil, is promoted to vice president, Nissan Technical Center -- Mexico, with responsibility for the Mexico and Brazil R&D organizations. Kazunori Nakajima, currently Deputy General Manager, Vehicle Quality Promotion Department, Nissan Motor Company, is named director, R&D, Nissan do Brasil. Shigehito Hosoi, currently sub-director, Design and Development, Nissan Technical Center -- Mexico, is promoted to director, Powertrain Engineering. Yutaka Amamiya, currently senior manager, Chassis Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America, is promoted to director, Chassis Engineering. Masato Kimura, currently director, Interior Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America, will retire from Nissan and join Calsonic Kansei in Farmington Hills, Mich. Doug Dawe, currently senior manager, Interior Engineering, Nissan Motor Company, is returning from a foreign service assignment and promoted to director, Interior Engineering, Nissan Technical Center -- Mexico. Hitoshi Horie, currently director, Project Quality at Nissan Motor Company, is named, director, Quality Strategy and Administration.

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