Nissan has plugged a pair of gaps in its executive team this month, with the recently vacated spots of Andy Palmer and Johan de Nysschen now filled.
July saw de Nysschen depart luxury brand Infiniti for American rival GM where he’ll head up Cadillac, while early September brought news that Nissan vice president Palmer would take the top spot at Aston Martin.
This week, Nissan has announced that former BMW executive Roland Krueger will now lead Infiniti, with Renault executive Philippe Klein tapped to replace Palmer as Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer.
Krueger’s appointment will add some German flair to Infiniti’s push for a greater share of the prestige market, and the executive’s design background could also influence the brand’s future styling.
The 48 year-old German will take over Infiniti just as it finalises plans for new models like the coming Q80 concept, along with expanded production at locations in the UK, China and Mexico.
Krueger will also oversee ongoing technology and development projects with partner Daimler, previously a rival to the former BMW executive.
Interestingly, Krueger also boasts the title of being the first German to complete an unaided solo expedition to the South Pole. Completed in early 2013, the journey included 50 days of skiing while towing a sled loaded with equipment and supplies.
Krueger will be based at Infiniti’s global headquarters in Hong Kong.
Klein, with Renault since 1982, will lead Nissan’s Product Planning, Program Management, EV Sales and the Battery Business Unit, Marketing, Sales, Market Intelligence, and Vehicle Information Technology programs.
"Philippe Klein will make a significant contribution to Nissan," Ghosn said in a statement.
"He brings considerable engineering and product management expertise to Nissan as well as a deep knowledge of and a long experience in the industry and in the Alliance."
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