Nissan Announces Management Changes In Europe

Nissan Europe today announced that Ponz Pandikuthira, currently LCV business director, is promoted to Vice President Product Planning, Nissan Europe, and effective 1st May, 2016.


In his present role Ponz has successfully grown the LCV business in Europe and he and his team have redefined the business and the way products are marketed, upgrading the dealer network and developing a new and unique, industry leading 5 Year, 160 km, fully transferable OEM warranty. The all New Navara International Pick-Up Award is one of the elements celebrating Nissan Europe excellence in the very competitive commercial vehicle segment.

As Vice President Product Planning, Ponz will report to Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Europe Guillaume Cartier and functionally to Keno Kato, Corporate Vice President, Global Product Planning, in Japan. He will continue to be based at Nissan International SA in Rolle, Switzerland.

The product planning function is responsible for understanding and responding to customer trends in the market to ensure that Nissan’s product line up continues to be robust and exciting. As pioneers of the ever-expanding crossover segment, Nissan have proved their excellence in research and data to understand why certain vehicles are popular and what drivers will want in the future.  With connectivity moving faster than anything the industry has seen before, Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility programme will be even more key in future vehicles; where the product planning function plays a very key role.

Pandikuthira joined Nissan in 2012 as Chief Marketing Manager for Crossovers, C-segment and Sports Cars managing a portfolio of six vehicles. In this role he led the launch of the new Nissan Qashqai, a resounding success across all levels of the business. He was appointed LCV Business Director in 2014. Ponz will continue to hold the reins of LCV product planning in his new role overseeing a team split in Switzerland, Russia, France and the UK.

Ponz replaces Ivan Espinosa who after two successful years as vice president Product Planning in Europe is moving into the role of Program Director on D platform, based in Nissan’s headquarters in Japan.

Ivan’s past roles in sales and marketing and planning functions in South East Asia, Latin America and in Europe as head of Product Planning, have given him a wide breadth of invaluable experience which will help him achieve his objectives in his new, challenging role.

Robert Lujan, currently Divisional General Manager of Global Sales and Performance Division at Nissan’s headquarters in Japan will replace Ponz as Director of LCV Business Unit, Europe. Robert joined Nissan in 2007 and has held various leadership roles in the European organisation before he was transferred to Japan for a global assignment where he held a key leadership role in Nissan’s electric vehicle program.

Robert will report to Guillaume Cartier in Europe as well as Philippe Guerin Boutaud Corporate Vice President, Global LCV Business Unit in Japan.

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