José Luis Valls to be the Chairman of Nissan North America

Mar 13, 2019   People

Nissan is making changes to the management team for the North American region to focus on delivery of its "M.O.V.E. to 2022" midterm plan, as well as to strengthen its converged business with its Alliance partner, Renault.

Effective April 1, 2019, Denis Le Vot, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Chairman, North America, will go to Paris to take the position of Alliance Senior Vice President, Alliance Light Commercial Vehicle Business Unit.


Le Vot replaces Ashwani Gupta, who is appointed Chief Operating Officer of Mitsubishi Motors. Mr. Gupta will be based in Tokyo and report to Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors. 


Denis Le Vot’s role is aimed at expanding LCV market leadership under a single business organization, unleashing the full potential of Groupe Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi. In 2018, all three companies grew their LCV sales, a result of efforts to leverage complementary products and markets and drive synergies across Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors.


José Luis Valls, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Vice Chairman, North America, will replace Le Vot as Chairman, North America.


Valls has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, and he joined Nissan in 2011. Prior to being named Vice Chairman of North America, he was Chairman of the company's Latin America region and has also served as president of Nissan's operations in Mexico.


A replacement for Valls to lead Nissan's US marketing and sales operations will be named soon.

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