Nissan Americas has announced senior leadership changes in in Latin America and the Caribbean and corporate communications, all effective from 1 April. 

Kenneth Ramirez has been named director, Nissan Latin America & the Caribbean and Paula Angelo is appointed director, corporate communications, Nissan Americas.

Ramirez, 42, will be responsible for Nissan's sales in Latin America, which cover 37 markets throughout central and south America and the Caribbean.  He will report to Shoichi Miyatani, corporate vice president for the regions.

Ramirez joined Nissan from Motorola in 2002 and most recently was director of the programme management office for Nissan Mexico, with oversight for vehicle programmes. His Nissan career has also included engineering and programme management in the US, Japan and Mexico.

Ramirez succeeds Hidenori Tsukamoto, who will return to Japan for a new assignment with Nissan Motor.  During his time in the Americas, Tsukamoto was instrumental in growing the automaker's market share in Latin America and contributed to a volume increase of more than 60%.

Angelo, 48, joined Nissan in 2007 and is currently director, internal communications, Nissan Americas.  In her new role she will report to David Reuter, vice president, corporate communications and will be responsible for all communications activities including manufacturing communications, philanthropic efforts and crisis and strategic communications.

Angelo has more than two decades of corporate communications and public affairs experience, most recently at Delphi.