Dealers applauded Infiniti's decision to elevate former Nissan U.S. sales boss Christian Meunier to its top global job.
"It's a breath of fresh air for us," Mario Murgado, chairman of the Infiniti National Dealer Advisory Board, told Automotive News. "Having someone like [Meunier] who knows our market, understands our market, will do a phenomenal job for us."
Meunier, the No. 2 executive in charge of Infiniti for the past year, has been anointed global president of Nissan's luxury arm, effective immediately. Meunier replaces Roland Krüger, 53, who led Infiniti since 2015.
Krüger, a former BMW executive, is leaving to pursue new opportunities, Infiniti said. Krüger joined Infiniti as the brand was reeling from major executive defections, including President Johan de Nysschen and Chairman Andy Palmer.
Under Krüger's watch, Infiniti U.S. sales rose 15 percent. The brand achieved its eighth consecutive year of record sales in 2017 with 246,492 vehicles sold globally, a 7 percent increase from the prior year. 2018 global sales have not yet been reported. Infiniti's U.S. sales fell 2.7 percent last year to 149,280 vehicles.