Following the departure of Heath Holz from Nissan North America, the carmaker has announced that Steve Marsh (pictured) is replacing him as senior vice president, manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing.

Marsh will oversee all aspects of Nissan’s manufacturing operations in the US and Mexico, including supply chain and purchasing operations. 

Marsh moves from his role as vice-president, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) and has been at Nissan for 30 years. Over that time he has held a number of senior roles in manufacturing, including vice-president of manufacturing at Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in North America, where he reported to Holz. He was also previously deputy managing director for Production, Maintenance and Supply Chain Management at Renault’s Douai plant in France.

“Steve’s expansive global knowledge and strong leadership skills will help move our manufacturing operations forward during a transformative period for the region,” said José Luis Valls, president and chairman, Nissan North America.

Nissan said that because of the evolving impact of the coronavirus, Marsh’s effective start date is tentative. As announced previously, in the interim, Chris Reed, senior vice president of research and development (R&D) at Nissan Technical Center North America, will continue to oversee manufacturing operations in addition to his current R&D responsibilities.