Hidetoshi Imazu, senior vice president, vehicle production engineering division, has been appointed executive vice president, manufacturing and supply chain management of Nissan Motor, and chairman of the management committee for Europe.

On 1 April he replaces Hiroto Saikawa, executive vice president for purchasing, who will take on the role as chairman of the management committee for the Americas, replacing Nissan president and CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Imazu has held a number of senior roles in engineering and production at Nissan. In 1999, he moved to Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd., where he was deputy managing director, responsible for engineering, quality assurance and finance functions. In 2002, he was appointed senior vice president responsible for manufacturing and industrial engineering division before becoming senior vice president of vehicle production engineering in 2006.