NASHVILLE -- Nissan North America has promoted Allen Childs to president of Nissan Canada Inc. He replaces Mark Grimm, who will retire July 1.
Childs has been vice president, parts and service, for Nissan North America and previously served as vice president for sales and marketing at Nissan Canada.
Nissan credited Grimm with expanding Nissan's dealer base in Canada, and with three consecutive years of record market share in the country.
Childs also will assume Grimm's position as a member of the management committee for Nissan Americas.
Childs' position in parts and service will be filled by John Spoon, who is currently regional vice president for Nissan's central U.S. region. Spoon will be succeeded in that region by Patrick Steiner, currently director of Nissan's Specialty Vehicles & Accessories.
Nat Mason, currently senior manager of specialty vehicle planning, will become director of that operation.
Nissan has also named Tom Lyons director of Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. dealer services, responsible for consumer credit and risk, contract processing and dealer assistance. He previously was director for financial products.
James Morton, vice president for administration and finance at Nissan Canada, will take over Lyons' role at Nissan Motor Acceptance. Morton will be succeeded at Nissan Canada by Jay Cook, who returns to the United States from an assignment at Nissan Japan.
Nissan also has promoted David Reuter, director of corporation communications, to the position of senior director, reporting to Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas. Scott Stevens, vice president of corporate communications, has left the company.