Last month, Nissan Motor Company announced that Daniele Schillaci, executive vice-president for the brand’s Japan, Asia, and Oceania operations, will be leaving the company. At the time, it was not disclosed why Schillaci exited the company, only saying that he left to pursue a job closer to his home base in Europe. Furthermore, the split between the Nissan and Schillaci appears to be more amicable, unlike the on-going Ghosn saga.
Now, it seems that Schillaci has found a new home with brakes manufacturer Brembo. The Italian brakes manufacturer has announced that the former Nissan executive is set to become Brembo’s new CEO starting July 1. Schillaci will be replacing current Brembo CEO, Andrea Abbati Marescotti, who will be leaving the company ‘to pursue new professional projects and activities’.
“I wish to welcome Daniele Schillaci, an Italian manager coming back to Italy with pride and passion after spending 20 years abroad and from which we expect a strong contribution to the future development of the Company. A strengthening to be sustained by both organic growth and external lines, identifying new opportunities in expanding markets and in business areas that are synergic with the ones manned by Brembo”, said Brembo’s Chairman, Alberto Bombassei.
Prior to Brembo, Schillaci has 25 years of work experience in the automotive sector and is a seasoned executive. He began his career in 1993 at Renault, spending seven years before moving to Fiat in 2001 as head of sales and marketing for Alfa Romeo. He then moved to Toyota to expand the brand’s presence in Europe. In 2010, he was appointed president and CEO of Toyota’s French division and later as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Toyota Europe. It was only in July 2015 did he join Nissan before finally moving to Brembo.
Schillaci’s move to Brembo is one of the latest in a series of departures at Nissan, specifically by non-Japanese executives. This is likely in wake of Carlos Ghosn’s arrest back in November and on-going case for alleged financial misconduct.