Nissan made an announcement of the appointment of Antonio Zara, as President and Managing Director of Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI), effective August 1, 2014.
Zara is presently Managing Director, International Sales of General Motors Korea.
Kenji Naito, current President and Managing Director of NPI, will then be appointed as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Management, Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (NMAP) in Bangkok, also effective August 1.
Zara, a Filipino by nationality, has extensive automotive experience in sales, service, and marketing to NPI, spanning multiple markets across Asia, including Korea, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Confronting the role of Naito, he had successfully led the launch of two global sedans in the Philippines – the all-new Altima and the all-new Sylphy.
“I am happy to welcome Antonio as the new President and Managing Director of NPI,” said Toru Hasegawa, Corporate Vice President, Asia and Oceania Business, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and concurrently President, Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (NMAP). “This is an exciting time for us in the Philippines and I am very happy to have such a seasoned executive join us to grow the business in this dynamic market.” Hasegawa continued: “At the same time, I would like to thank Naito for his valuable contribution in establishing the foundation of growth in the Philippines. I look forward to him bringing his vast experience running national sales companies to NMAP and enhancing the Nissan brand across the entire region.”