Nissan gets new global marketing chief in management revamp

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Nissan Motor Co. Chief Operating Officer Carlos Ghosn on March 16 announced a global reorganization of the Japanese carmaker to streamline decision-making. Among the changes, Jean-Jacques LeGoff will head the new global marketing team as senior VP. Shiro Tamii will head marketing in Japan as senior VP. Yoshikazu Hanawa, chairman and president-CEO, will propose to the Nissan board after its meeting in June that Mr. Ghosn assume his president's title and duties. Nissan North America President Nobuo Araki, who got the job last May, will return to Japan for another assignment. Sir Ian Gibson will retire after less than a year at the helm of Nissan's Europe operations, but he'll join a European advisory board. French carmaker Renault bought a 36.8% stake in Nissan in May 1999. Mr. Ghosn is a former Renault executive. In the U.S., Nissan USA President-CEO Jerry Benefield, 60, said he would retire April 1 and be succeeded by Dan Gaudette, senior VP-operations for Nissan North America.

Copyright March 2000, Crain Communications Inc.

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