TOKYO – Nissan Motor Co. has recruited Toyota Europe veteran Daniele Schillaci to be the company’s new global head of sales and marketing, filling the final major vacancy left by last year’s departure of former chief planning officer Andy Palmer to Aston Martin.
Schillaci will join Nissan July 15 as executive vice president in charge of global marketing and sales and serve on the Japanese carmaker’s executive committee, Nissan said in a release today.
Schillaci will oversee the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands, and focus on brand building, sales improvement and customer service, CEO Carlos Ghosn said in the release.
Schillaci, 50, was most recently Toyota’s top sales and marketing executive for Europe. He took that role in 2012 after serving as CEO of Toyota’s French operations. Schillaci joined Toyota as a marketing manager in 2002 after leading Italian marketing for Alfa Romeo. The Italian native began his automotive career at Renault in 1993.
At Nissan, Schillaci will report to Philippe Klein, who took over for Palmer when he left Nissan last autumn to become CEO of Aston Martin. Klein is now Nissan’s chief planning officer with global oversight of product planning, program management, market intelligence, marketing, sales and information technology.
Schillaci’s hire restores an executive vice president position one rung below that will specialize in global marketing and sales. Corporate Vice President Allan Rushforth, current head of global sales, will report to Schillaci. At the corporate vice president level, Roel de Vries heads marketing.
Schillaci graduated with an engineering degree in new industrial technologies and business management from the Polytechnic University of Milan. Besides Italian, he is fluent in French, English and Spanish.