TOKYO -- Simon Sproule, corporate vice president of global communications at Nissan Motor Co., will be leaving the carmaker to head public relations at Microsoft Corp.
The dapper, British-born Sproule has been with Nissan since 2003, projecting an air of internationalism as Renault-dispatched President Carlos Ghosn revived the Japanese company.
He earned high marks for engineering the innovative launch campaign for the GT-R sports car, which relied on a tantalizing buildup of Internet leaks and word of mouth buzz. Sproules last day at Nissan will be Feb. 27. His departure was announced Tuesday.
Before joining Nissan, the 40-year-old Sproule served as North American communications chief for Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover. He also worked with Ford in Europe.
Born in Hampshire, United Kingdom, Sproule earned a degree in geography in 1990 from the University of London. He will work out of Microsofts headquarters in Redmond, Wash.