Nissan Appoints Allan Rushforth To Head Global Sales
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the appointment of Allan Rushforth as corporate vice president for Global Sales. Rushforth, an experienced and successful automotive sales executive, will join Nissan at its Yokohama headquarters and report to Philippe Klein, Nissan chief planning officer.
Rushforth joins Nissan from South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd., where he most recently was chief operating officer and a senior vice president of Hyundai’s European operations. He was based in Frankfurt, Germany.
“Allan’s past professional experience includes running sales operations in international markets and working across cultural boundaries,” said Klein. “Nissan is a company that values cultural diversity and Allan shares this and has demonstrated the ability to lead multicultural teams successfully. I believe that he is uniquely prepared to lead Nissan’s global sales.”
Rushforth, a British national, started his automotive career in the U.K. in 1983, working in Fleet sales with the Rover Group plc. He rose through the organization attaining greater responsibilities until 1996.
Following the purchase of the business in 1996 by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), Rushforth was assigned to South Korea as executive director with responsibility for the launch of the Land Rover brand, trading as a division of the newly established BMW subsidiary in the market.
He returned to the U.K. in 1998 as the sales director for Land Rover, a position he held until he was recruited by Volkswagen Group AG to lead Audi Retail Operations from their Milton Keynes, U.K. headquarters. He remained with VW through 2007 and left the Group as director of Group Services. He joined Hyundai in 2007 and has held his current position since then.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
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