Nissan Americas makes senior staff changes

Four senior VPs change jobs at Nissan Americas.

January 31, 2011
by Fleet Management staff

FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE: Nissan Americas made the following senior staff appointments, effective January 28, 2011.

Brad Thacker is named vice-president, total customer satisfaction (TCS).  He will be responsible for ensuring complete satisfaction among Nissan and Infiniti owners across the Americas region, which includes Canada, the US, Mexico, Brazil, and 37 additional markets in Latin America and the Caribbean.  His responsibilities will also include
Nissan’s Product Safety department.  Thacker, 44, joined Nissan in August 2005 as director, product quality assurance, from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc, where he held responsibilities in manufacturing and quality. Previously, he was vice president, business transformation and corporate services.

Kevin Martin, who was the vice-president, TCS, is named to the newly created position of vice-president, manufacturing quality.  In this role he will be responsible for ensuring the company’s focus on product quality across its entire range of cars, trucks and commercial vehicles, including supplier and manufacturing quality. Martin, 48, joined Nissan in August 2006 as director, TCS, from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America where he held a number of management positions.

Dave Mazur, previously vice-president, market intelligence, is named to the newly created position of vice president, market intelligence, business transformation & corporate services.  He will be responsible for Nissan’s market and consumer research efforts in the Americas as well as the company’s structured problem-solving and business process improvement efforts.  He also takes on oversight of the company’s security operations and facilities management. Mazur, 52, joined Nissan in December 2006 from General Motors where he served as executive director, North America advanced vehicle development and portfolio planning.

Mark Swenson, who was vice-president, vehicle production & manufacturing engineering, is named vice president, vehicle production, manufacturing engineering & component facilities.  His responsibilities include managing Nissan’s manufacturing engineering activities in Smyrna, Tennessee, Canton, Mississippi, and Cuernavaca and Aguascalientes, Mexico and overseeing production engineering efforts at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Mich.  In his newly expanded role Swenson will additionally be responsible for Nissan’s component production in the US, including its powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., and its advanced lithium-ion battery production facility now under construction in Smyrna, Tenn.  Swenson, 44, joined Nissan in 1989 as a product engineer and since then has progressed through a series of management positions in body and stamping engineering and manufacturing.

In their new assignments, Thacker, Martin and Swenson will report to Bill Krueger, senior vice-president, manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain management and total customer satisfaction, Nissan Americas.  Mazur will report to Scott Becker, senior vice president, administration & finance, Nissan Americas.