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Nissan makes changes to leadership

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. – In a move designed to enhance performance across key areas within its North American operations, Nissan recently announced a number of leadership changes.

“These moves will help us achieve the objectives of Nissan’s ‘Power 88’ midterm business plan in the newly announced North America region,” said Jose Munoz, who was recently named chairman of Nissan North America.

“The Nissan team is continuing to strengthen its focus on ensuring high product quality and customer satisfaction while improving both brand and franchise value with our dealer network,” he said.

Fred Diaz, who is currently the divisional vice president of sales, marketing, parts and service, has been appointed senior vice president of the division, effective Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Diaz will report to Munoz, and his current position will not be replaced.

Jon Brancheau, has been picked to fill the newly created position of vice president of marketing and communications. He will be reporting to Diaz.

Dan Mohnke was promoted to the newly created position of vice president of the division. Scott Shirley will succeed him, while Phil O’Connor has been promoted to director of marketing.

Anne Corrao has been named the director of sales operations.

Paul O’Brien, who served as a senior manager of human resources and Smyrna manufacturing, was promoted to director of the division and will oversee customer satisfaction, manufacturing engineering, and purchasing.

Randy Knight has been appointed vice president for manufacturing at the Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna, replacing Susan Brennan, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

For a complete list of management changes, visit

-- Marie Kemph,

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