Nissan Motor Co. is promoting its vice president for purchasing and alliance, Shohei Yamazaki, to senior vice president in charge of its China operations, effective on December 1.
In addition to chairing the company’s China management committee, Yamazaki will also become president of Dongfeng Motor Co., Nissan’s joint venture with China’s Dongfeng Motor Group, the Japanese automaker said.
The appointment was made after Nissan last month appointed current China chief, Makoto Uchida, its next president and CEO.
Yamazaki, 50, joined Nissan in 1992. He was head of Dongfeng Motor Co.’s purchasing unit from 2012 to 2015.
Dongfeng Motor Co. is a 50-50 partnership established in the central China city of Wuhan in 2003. The joint venture produces and markets light vehicles for Nissan’s Nissan and Infiniti brands, Dongfeng’s brands and its proprietary Venucia brands.