Hideyuki Sakamoto (pictured, left), who was executive vice-president of product engineering, has been appointed executive vice-president of manufacturing and supply chain management, effective from January 1st this year. Meanwhile, Denis Le Vot (pictured, right), who has been senior vice-president and chairman of the Eurasia region for Renault Group since 1990, will take up the role of senior vice-president and chairman of the management committee for Nissan North America on January 16th.
Sakamoto has been with Nissan since 1980 in a wide range of roles, beginning with a number of chief vehicle engineer positions. He was also corporate vice-president, Alliance common platform and components, and senior vice-president, production engineering. He was appointed executive vice-president in 2014.
Denis Le Vot has been with Renault since 1990 and held a number of positions in aftersales as well as being marketing and sales director in Turkey and chief operating officer of Renault Russia. Le Vot was appointed senior vice-president and chairman of the Eurasia region in 2016, with responsibility for Russia, Turkey and Romania. He was appointed as a member of the Renault management committee in 2015 and a member of the board of directors of Avtovaz in 2016.