Picello arrives at Nissan's premium brand as it looks to boost its presence in Europe with models such as the UK-build Q30 and QX30 as well as the all-new Q60 sports coupe.
“Raoul Picello joins Infiniti at a pivotal moment as we are in the middle of a major product offensive,” Krueger said in the statement. “Raoul's experience of more than 25 years in sales and marketing in the automobile industry will further support our growth ambitions."
Because of strong demand for the Q30 compact-premium model, Infiniti's European sales were up 164 percent to 9,718 units in the first eight months compare with last year, according to data from market researcher JATO Dynamics. The Q30 accounted for 62 percent of Infiniti's sales during the period.
Picello started his automotive career in 1989 with Ford, where he spent eight years. The Italian national has also worked for Fiat, Toyota, Mazda and Kia.