While Nissan has been unveiling cars left and right, there's a lot of things happening behind closed doors in Yokohama. Nissan Motor Company announced that Daniele Schillaci, executive vice-president of the automaker, will be leaving the company.
Schillaci was responsible for Nissan's Japan, Asia and Oceania operations. He also handled the Datsun budget brand, as well as the Infiniti luxury division in those regions. According to Nissan, Schillachi left to pursue a new job much closer to his home base in Europe. It is yet to be known if Schillaci will stay within the automotive sector, or change industries altogether.
Unlike the Ghosn saga, the split between Nissan and Schillaci appears more amicable. In his statement, Nissan CEO and President Hiroto Saikawa portrayed the exiting executive in a positive light. “Daniele has significantly contributed to Nissan in numerous ways, including expanding our EV business, strengthening key markets and especially his work to develop and promote the platform of Nissan Intelligent Mobility The Nissan family thanks him for these efforts, and we all wish him well,” said Saikawa.
Taking over Schillaci's role in the company is Yasuhiro Yamauchi, who will overlook the operations in the Japan, Asia and Oceania markets. By the looks of it, it seems that Nissan is keen to make their key executives Japanese again. As it is, foreign executives are a bit of a rarity in Japan, and the recent case against Carlos Ghosn could see even less of them going there as well. While Schillaci's departure and Ghosn's case appear totally unrelated, the shift in management in Nissan's Japan headquarters could set a precedent for other Japanese automakers as well.