President and Managing Director Antonio 'Toti' Zara of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) bids farewell to the country after the company announced his appointment as president Director of PT Nissan Motor Indonesia (NMI).
Zara will assume his new post on April 1, 2016. Nissan has yet to announce Zara's replacement as president and Managing Director of NPI.
He first assumed his position in NPI back in 2014 where he was able to instill new growth in the company. Under his leadership, the automaker was able to launch several new models like the Sylphy, Almera, NP300 Navara, Juke and the NV350. Moreover, 2015 saw NPI close the year with a 60% increase in sales vs. the previous year.
Other goals achieved by NPI during Zara's time include the launch of the Nissan GT Academy Philippines and the eventual arrival of the GT-R this year.
Apart from Zara's new assignment, Nissan Motor Co Ltd. also appointed some of its executive staff with new responsibilities and/or other positions in line with its Power 88 program. All of which are effective immediately on April 1, 2016 as well.
Daniele Schillaci, Executive Vice President (EVP) of Global Marketing and Sales, is now also handling electric vehicles and battery business. Meanwhile Atsuhiko Hayakawa, current Vice President (VP) and Alliance Global Director of Powertrain Production Engineering has been promoted to Corporate Vice President (CVP).
Haruhiko Yoshimura, on the other hand, has been promoted to CVP for Vehicle Production Engineering from his previous post as VP and Alliance Global Director. Current General Manager Takashio Yoshizawa, will now assume the post as VP of R&D Autonomous Driving & Advanced Drive Assistance Systems, and Chassis Engineering.
Yutaka Sanada, current VP and Program Directors, has been appointed as regional Senior Vice President (SVP) and Head of Operations Committee for Asia and Oceania. Assuming Sanada's previous post will be Catherine Perez, who was promoted from Program Director.