Nissan Announces Three New Senior Management Appointments in ASEAN

    By Harold Henry - Dec 17, 2020
    Nissan Announces Three New Senior Management Appointments in ASEAN

    Isao Sekiguchi, Yutaka Sanada, andYukio Ito

    Nissan today announced senior management changes in ASEAN. These changes follow the regional alignment as the company takes another step in the Nissan Next midterm plan to streamline operations, and achieve sustainable growth, financial stability, and profitability.

    Isao Sekiguchi has been appointed Regional Vice President, Marketing and Sales, ASEAN. He now reports to Yukio Ito, Corporate Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Japan-ASEAN.

    In his new role, Sekiguchi oversees the business performance and brand development of the Japanese automotive company across 18 markets in ASEAN. He is responsible for leading teams across various functions, including marketing, sales, aftersales, network development, legal and government affairs.

    Sekiguchi has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive sector. He currently serves as President Director for Nissan Motor Indonesia. He joined Nissan in 2014 as managing director for Nissan North Africa and Egypt.

    Prior to Nissan, he worked with a major Japanese trading house, Sumitomo Corporation, with experience in leading and managing automotive companies based in the US, Germany, and Slovakia.

    Yutaka Sanada, former regional senior vice president and head of Asia & Oceania operations, will be promoted to Corporate Vice President Corporate Strategy, Special Projects. He will report to Hideaki Watanabe, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, New Mobility, Corporate Governance, Corporate Management, Board of Directors Office.

    Sanada joined Nissan in 1991 and has since held various roles across multiple functions, including logistics, sales and marketing, production and supply chain management; and various business units, including the Alliance and Nissan Motorsports.

    “Sanada has been instrumental in strengthening the Asia & Oceania region and in driving a focused strategy,” said Ashwani Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Nissan.

    “He has created a strong, customer-focused organization that makes us well-positioned to tap into new opportunities. In his new role, Sanada’s deep understanding of the business will further support the execution of the Nissan Next transformation plan.”

    Yukio Ito, currently corporate vice president, Japan business, has been appointed as Corporate Vice President Marketing and Sales for the Japan-ASEAN region. He will report to Asako Hoshino, Executive Vice President Brand Champion, Global Marketing and Sales, Global Customer Experience, MC Chairperson for Japan-ASEAN.

    Both appointments are effective on January 1, 2021.

    The appointments are part of the realignment in which Nissan is moving from seven to four regions: Japan-ASEAN, China, Americas, and AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe & Oceania). The new setup aims to enable the Japanese automaker to bring the latest technologies consistently and faster to customers all over the world.

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