LOS ANGELES -- Nissan's sales and marketing operations are preparing to move from Southern California to the Nashville, Tenn., area. Company officials are still working on a final decision.
Many Nissan employees, including senior executives, have begun to look for work elsewhere.
A top North American management committee, including sales and manufacturing executives, will discuss the move Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Smyrna, Tenn., says a senior Nissan executive. The company's manufacturing headquarters is in Smyrna, which is about 20 miles southeast of Nashville.
The meeting is sure to be tense. Many Nissan employees, including at least some in top management, are heartsick about leaving what they say is the creative, future-oriented culture of California.
"People are lining up at the resume-making machine," says the senior Nissan executive, who opposes the move strongly.
Company spokesman Fred Standish declined to comment.
The move is said to be part of the cost-cutting regime of Carlos Ghosn, CEO of parent Nissan Motor Co.
Dallas was said to be another contender for the relocation.
Nissan has about 1,300 employees in top management, sales, marketing, design and product planning in Gardena and other Southern California cities.
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