Nissan's national sales company in the UK and the European operations of its luxury brand, Infiniti, are getting new bosses.
The changes come in the aftermath of Nissan Europe sales and marking chief Simon Thomas' decision to leave the company.
Bernard Loire will take over as vice president of Infiniti Europe and the Middle East starting Aug. 1. Loire, who is currently Nissan Europe's vice president of sales operations, will succeed Jim Wright, who has been appointed managing director of Nissan Motor GB Ltd. Wright also starts his new job on Aug. 1.
Wright replaces Paul Willcox, who takes over for Thomas as Nissan's top sales and marketing executive in Europe on Friday, July 1. Thomas is leaving Nissan to take a job at an unnamed automaker.
Loire, 46, started his automotive career in 1988 with Ford France where he rose to the position of fleet sales director within 11 years. In 2000, he moved to Fiat Auto in Turin to oversee marketing of the company's compact vehicles.
He joined Nissan two years later as manager of sales operations for seven markets. In 2009, after holding key jobs for Nissan in Portugal, France and Italy, Loire was appointed to his current post as VP of sales operations for Nissan Europe covering 44 markets. Nissan has not said who will take over that post.
Speaking about his latest challenge, Loire said in a statement: "It is my job to grow the (Infiniti) brand. We have ambitions plans to more than double our network over the next few years in readiness for a raft of new product, not least a zero emissions vehicle plus an entrant in the luxury C-segment, and to maximize our sponsorship of Red Bull Racing."
He added: As a car guy, I can't help but be excited by joining a brand that's so synonymous with performance."
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said on June 27 that he expects Infinit's global sales in 2016-2017 to rise from 150,000 now to 10 percent of global market share for all luxury brand segments, which would equal 500,000 units using today's data.