Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. President and CEO Carlos Ghosn recently disclosed the designation of Philippe Klein as the company's new Chief Planning Officer starting on September 15, 2014. Klein has also become a member of the company's Executive Committee after getting approval from the Board of Directors. He succeeds Dr. Andy Palmer who moves to Aston Martin as its new CEO.

"Philippe Klein will make a significant contribution to Nissan. He brings considerable engineering and product management expertise to Nissan as well as a deep knowledge of and a long experience in the industry and in the Alliance,” said Ghosn.

Klein will have global responsibility for Product Planning, Program Management, EV Sales and Battery Business Unit, Marketing, Sales, Market Intelligence, and Vehicle Information Technology. He will report to Carlos Ghosn himself and will based at the Nissan Yokohama headquarters.

He first joined Renault in 1981 as a member of the Engine Development Department. Then in 1992, he was chosen as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman. From 1994 up until his post within the Renault-Nissan alliance, he led engine development in the Powertrain Engineering Department and later served as Vice President for Process Quality in the Vehicle Engineering Department. Starting from 1999-2003, he was the Nissan Vice President in charge of the CEO office and then returned to Renault for five years. Klein returned to Nissan in 2007 as Nissan's Senior Vice President in charge of the CEO and COO offices and Corporate Administration. He stayed with Nissan for one year before going back to Renault again as Vice President, head of Product Planning, Programs and as a member of the Renault Executive Committee.