Japanese automaker, Nissan has appointed senior executive Frank Torres as the new President of the India operations, effective from April 1, 2022. He will be responsible for leading the brand across its operations in the country.
Torres replaces Sinan Özkök, who has overseen the launch of the Nissan Magnite in India and its export to overseas markets. He is appointed Vice President for Marketing and Sales Transformation and Managing Director for Independent Markets in the Nissan AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania) region. In this newly created role, Özkök will report to Leon Dorssers, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales AMIEO, and will be based in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France.
The automaker also said that it has appointed Atsushi Najima, Managing Director, Nissan Philippines, as Nissan India Chief Financial Officer. He will be reporting directly to Mohamed Aly, Director Control AMIEO, with a dotted line to Frank Torres, Region Divisional Vice President, AMIEO Business Transformation and Alliance AMIEO, and President India Operations.
Atsushi will be replacing Mark Davidson who moved back to MC Americas as CFO COMPAS manufacturing plant in Mexico. Atsushi will be splitting his time between New Delhi and Chennai.
Torres has also been appointed as the Region Divisional Vice President for Business Transformation in the AMIEO region. He will report to Guillaume Cartier, Nissan AMIEO Chairperson and keep up with his current responsibilities overseeing Nissan’s European Regional Business Unit East (Russia) and Nissan’s Spanish Industrial Operations.
His journey with Nissan began in Spain in 2007 as a Production Engineering Analyst, before becoming Managing Director for Nissan Motor Iberica (NMISA) in 2011. From 2016 he led Nissan Europe’s Overseas Programme Director’s Office, before becoming head of Nissan’s European RBU East in 2019, once again taking responsibilities for Spanish Industrial Operations from 2020, before becoming Region Divisional Vice President for Business Transformation and Alliance in 2021.
“This is an exciting time for Nissan in the AMIEO region and for the Indian market. The launch of Magnite from our Chennai plant has given our customers in India and beyond a taste of what Nissan can offer and under our Ambition 2030 vision we are looking forward to bringing further innovation and excitement to the market E Auto .”