Nissan has announced some senior management position changes for the region, with current managing director of Infiniti operations Juergen Schmitz moving over to the position of Nissan Middle East managing director. His position will be filled by another industry veteran who joins the organisation from General Motors – Markus Leithe.
Schmitz had moved to the Middle East from his role as regional director of Infiniti Central Europe in 2007, beginning here as general manager and becoming managing director of Nissan’s luxury subsidiary operations and now counts a career of 25 years in automotive functions. He will report in the new role to Kalyana Sivagnanam, who is president of Nissan Middle East and regional VP of marketing and sales for Africa, the Middle East and India.
Kalyana Sivagnanam commented: “I am pleased to welcome Juergen to lead our Middle East operations. He brings to Nissan a deep knowledge of the automotive industry with a strong track record of success. As the region continues to become increasingly important to Nissan, we are focusing on offering vehicles that are tailored to the needs of our customers in these markets and I’m confident that his experience will ensure that we continue to be an important player in the growth of the region’s automotive industry.”
Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East said: “I am delighted to be joining Nissan at an exciting time for the company in the Middle East. With Nissan’s leading role in the region, there are exciting opportunities for further growth, underpinned by our iconic and best-selling Nissan Patrol, our extensive line-up and our outstanding customer service.”
On the other hand Leithe brings in two decades of experience in the automotive vertical across Europe and the Middle East.
Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East said:” I am excited to come on board with the INFINITI brand at an exciting time for the premium manufacturer. INFINITI is on an aggressive expansion strategy in the region as it continues to deliver on its promise of a premium motoring experience to our customers. The Middle East continues to play a strategic role for INFINITI and I look forward to continuing to grow INFINITI’s success in the region.”