Nissan Motor Corporation has announced leadership changes, which will see Frank Torres as the Region Divisional VP for Business Transformation in the AMIEO region (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania) and the new president of Nissan India.
The company says Torres had led the company across multiple divisions and markets and will be responsible for leading the brand across its operations in the country as it continues to build on the success of the locally produced Magnite. Effective April 1, he will become President of India Operations in addition to his current responsibilities overseeing Nissan’s European Regional Business Unit East (Russia) and Nissan’s Spanish Industrial Operations, reporting to Guillaume Cartier, Nissan AMIEO chairperson.
Torres joined Nissan in Spain in 2007 as a Production Engineering Analyst, before becoming MD 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.
He replaces Sinan Ozkok, who has overseen the launch of the Magnite in India and its export to overseas markets and has been appointed VP for Marketing and Sales Transformation and MD for Independent Markets in the Nissan AMIEO region. In this newly-created role, he will report to Leon Dorssers, SVP for Marketing and Sales AMIEO and will be based in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France.
Torres said: “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.”
Atsushi Najima, currently MD, Nissan Philippines, is appointed Nissan India CFO and will report directly to Mohamed Aly, Director Control AMIO, with a dotted line to Frank Torres, Region Divisional VP, AMIEO Business Transformation and Alliance AMIEO, president India Operations. Atsushi replaces Mark Davidson who moved back to MC Americas as CFO COMPAS manufacturing plant in Mexico. Atsushi will divide his time between New Delhi and Chennai.