TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. has tapped Hyundai Europe's COO, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sales chief.
Rushforth, 55, will be corporate vice president for worldwide sales and report to Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein. Klein was appointed in September to take over for Andy Palmer, who left Nissan to become CEO at Aston Martin. While Palmer directly oversaw global sales as part of is portfolio, Klein is handing that responsibility to Rushforth.
Rushforth will work out of Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, moving from Frankfurt, Germany, where he was a senior vice president of Hyundai's European operations, as well as chief operating officer.
Nissan said Rushforth's start date has not been determined.
"Allan's past professional experience includes running sales operations in international markets and working across cultural boundaries,” Klein said in a statement. “Nissan is a company that values cultural diversity and Allan shares this and has demonstrated the ability to lead multicultural teams.”
Rushforth, an Englishman, started his automotive career in the U.K. in 1983, working in fleet sales with the Rover Group. Following BMW’s purchase of Rover in 1996, Rushforth was assigned to South Korea as executive director with responsibility for launching the Land Rover brand.