Nissan named Takashi Shirakawa as its head of research and development in Europe, effective April 1. Shirakawa, 46, has over two decades of experience with Nissan's r&d department with a research emphasis on emissions reductions for diesel engines.
He has been Nissan's European head of powertrain design and development, vehicle testing, and LCV engineering since 2011.
He joined Nissan after earning his degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1992.
Shirakawa replaces Hiroshi Nagaoka, who has been named corporate vice president and Renault-Nissan Alliance global director of computer aided engineering and testing in Japan.