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Nissan Announces Executive Appointments.

GARDENA, Calif. -- Nissan today announced the following changes among North American executives. The changes are part of Nissan's efforts to strengthen all facets of its North American and global operations in order to achieve our short- and long-term objectives.

The following changes are effective April 1, 2006, unless otherwise noted:

--John French, currently Vice President CPO and Financial Products at Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., will become Vice President, Global Sales and Finance, a newly created position within Nissan North America's Administration and Finance operation. This appointment is effective May 1.

--Mike McConnell, currently Regional Vice President of Nissan's Mid-Atlantic Region based in Herndon, Va., will succeed French at NMAC, the company's U.S. captive financing company. A successor for McConnell will be announced later. This appointment is effective May 1.

--Tatsutoshi Inutake, currently Senior Director Engineering at Nissan's Canton, MS, assembly plant, becomes Vice President, Vehicle Production Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering. He replaces Shohei Kimura, who will return to Japan as Vice President and Plant Manager at the Oppama assembly plant.

--Mark Swenson, currently Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering, at Nissan's Smyrna, TN, assembly plant will also have responsibilities as Vice President, Simultaneous Engineering. He will relocate to the Nissan Technical Center North America facility in Farmington Hills, MI.

--Tokuji Muramatsu will become Vice President, Product Quality, replacing Doug Betts, who recently was named Senior Vice President, Total Customer Satisfaction. Muramatsu is currently General Manager, Vehicle Quality Assurance Engineering in Japan.
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Date:Mar 20, 2006
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