As part of a wide-ranging shake up of management positions at Renault-Nissan, Christian Madrus has been appointed the new managing director at the Renault-Nissan Alliance, effective June 1st. Madrus, who has been managing director of Global Alliance Logistics since June 2009, replaces Mouna Sephehri, one of the founding members of the Alliance, who last month became executive vice president and chief of staff and general counsel at Renault.
Madrus will report to the Alliance's CEO Carlos Ghosn and will serve as secretary to the alliance board. He will manage a multicultural team in Paris, Yokohama and Amsterdam, and oversee the continued evolution of the 12-year partnership between Renault and Nissan.

At Nissan in North America, meanwhile, Bill Krueger will be expanding his responsibilities further with the additional title of vice chairman of Nissan Americas from June 13. He is already senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing, supply chain management and customer satisfaction.
Krueger’s responsibilities will include heading up day-to-day operations in the US Canada, Mexico, Brazil and 37 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
He will report to Colin Dodge who is taking on the role of chairman of the Americas region. Dodge is also currently executive vice president and chief performance officer for Nissan globally and chairman of the AMIE region (comprising Africa, Middle East, India and Europe)..
Dodge is succeeding Carlos Tavares who is talking over as chief operating officer at Renault.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) has appointed Gur Prasad Kohli as managing director for India. Mr Kohli, who will be based in Chennai, joins WWL from Wilhelmsen Ships Service where he has served for the past five years as managing director in Hong Kong.
He has more than 20 year experience in shipping and logistics and following 18 years at sea, including four years as a captain, Kohli served in various business units throughout Asia with the Wilh. Wilhemsen Group.
His new role involves growing WWL’s business in India, which includes a variety of factory-to-dealer logistics services for manufacturers. The company also aims to provide customers with ro-ro ocean transport on both the East and West coasts and is focusing on support for OEMs, 3PLs and forwarders looking to bring project cargo into India.
“In the coming months we are seeking to broaden the coverage of our services for markets in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which will bring a whole new set of exciting challenges,” added Kohli.
Asked what he was most looking forward to in the new role Kohli noted that India is becoming a manufacturing and export hub for the automotive and heavy equipment sectors. “As a result, large investments are being made for developing infrastructure (in India as well as South Asia). This will create many, many exciting opportunities for manufacturers, and spur growth for WWL. I am looking forward to being part of that growth story.”