Canadian steps up for Nissan
Second, it makes Thompson the first Canadian to take the reins of a big brand, though Osborne has arrived from Ford of Canada to lead Ford from Broadmeadows.
Third, it shows a global approach to Nissan’s business. In the past the company’s Australian operation has been headed only by Japanese and Australians.
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THE changing image of Australian motoring has brought another new face to Australia. This one belongs to Dan Thompson (right), who joins Bill Osborne and Mark Reuss in one of the top jobs.
Thompson is the new chief of Nissan and his arrival signals several changes for the Japanese company.
For a start, it means Shinya Hannya is leaving after four years in Melbourne. He is returning to Japan and has been promoted to corporate vice-president responsible for general overseas markets.
This post means he will still have overall responsibility for everything that happens in Australia. couple of leaders including former GM heavy Ivan Deveson. Otherwise the company has been controlled by Japan since the 1970s.
So Thompson will bring a new approach, after filling a range of posts with Nissan in North America and at head office in Tokyo, most recently as general manager and financial controller for general overseas markets.
He is coming at a time when Nissan is going strongly, with a range of important new models for this year and beyond.
We have seen the Dualis all-wheel drive, and the hotrod GT-R is on the horizon. We have news this week on the coming replacement for the Maxima and — definitely possibly— an Infiniti four-door that will share the GT-R mechanical package.