Cana­dian steps up for Nis­san

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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.

Leon Daphne was the long-term CEO of Nis­san af­ter mov­ing up the ranks un­der a

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.

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