After almost three years in the country, current Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) president, Ramesh Narasimhan, will soon be making way for his successor. Come April 1, 2019, Atsushi Najima will soon be at the helm of NPI, taking the place of Narasimhan over the role of president and managing director of the company.

Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president for sales and for marketing at Nissan Asia & Oceania, has high praises for Narasimhan. "Under the strong leadership of Ramesh Narasimhan, Nissan has seen significant growth in the promising Philippines market. In the calendar year 2018, Nissan's sales volume in the Philippines grew by 40% to an 8.7% market share," said Wijnen.

So where will Narasimhan be heading? Nissan also announced his appointment as the new president for Nissan Thailand, also effective on April 1, 2019. Narasimhan has been in the automotive business for over two decades. He joined Nissan in 2014 as chief financial officer for the Japanese automaker. He led NPI operations in 2016.

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Meanwhile, Wijnen expressed his confidence in the appointment of Najima, saying, "With his rich experience in managing teams across multiple countries, I am confident that Atsushi will continue to drive the strong growth trajectory established by the current leadership team”. Najima is a relative newcomer in the automotive sector, joining Nissan in 2016. He started there as the deputy general manager of Nissan's regional financial management group in Japan.

Before joining Nissan, he spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble across Asia. It's also interesting to note that, while Najima is relatively new to motoring, it won't be his first time in the Philippines. The incoming NPI president was once assigned here for various finance and general management roles.