Nissan India brings about a change in the top order of operations. Nissan has announced the appointment of Guillaume Sicard as Deputy President, Nissan India Operations, effective from July 1, 2014.
Sicard will report to Kenichiro Yomura, President Nissan India Operations. His new position will see him shift loyalties and base from Renault, Turkey to Nissan in India. He joined Renault in 1992 and has held several leadership positions in sales and marketing with increasing responsibilities in France, Spain and South Africa.
Nissan is bringing in new blood to the top management just as their brand Datsun is settling down in India with the Datsun GO hatchback and the Datsun GO+ on the way. His role, as described in an official statement by the company, will see him look at accelerating strategic decision-making and streamlining operational efficiency to help achieve the company's objectives.
"This appointment supports the recently announced changes to our India operations and will enable us to continue delivering strong results and growth towards achievement of the Nissan Power 88 mid-term plan," Yomura said.
In related news, Nissan has opened its sales and marketing headquarters in Mumbai. Out of the current 200-strong Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. workforce, initially 50 staff will be based in Mumbai creating a hub for all sales, marketing and dealer management activities. The facility currently houses sales, marketing, communications and dealer management teams for both Nissan and Datsun brands, among other key functions.
Sicard’s two-year stint with Renault in Turkey has seen him emerge as an efficient leader in the Turkish car market. Nissan will hope to cash in on his expertise in economic matters to grow in the Indian car market.