FRANKLIN, Tenn., Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan Americas today announced the appointment of Pierre Loing as vice president, Product Planning, Nissan Americas, effective Jan. 1, 2012. In this role, Loing will be responsible for advanced and product planning for all Nissan and Infiniti vehicles throughout the Americas.
In his new role, Loing will have a dual reporting relationship to Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, and Tom Lane, corporate vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML), who oversees the company's global product planning activities. Loing will be based at Nissan Americas headquarters in Franklin, Tenn.
"Pierre has flourished during his tenure running Product Planning in Europe, overseeing major successes such as the Qashqai and greatly boosting Nissan's presence in Europe," said Carolin. "Due to a combination of his sporting passion and dedication, Pierre has worked tirelessly to place Nissan in high regard within the European market. We are excited to welcome him to Nissan Americas."
Most recently Loing, 51, was vice president, Product Strategy and Planning for Nissan Europe. In this role he has been responsible for all near-future Nissan products. In addition to the Qashqai, Loing played key roles in the development of other high-profile vehicles including the Nissan LEAF, the world's first and only all-electric, zero-emissions vehicles for the mass market.
Loing joined Nissan in 1999. Prior to taking on his current role at Nissan Europe in 2006, Loing was general manager, Advanced Product Planning, NML and based in Tokyo with responsibility for projects ranging from six to eight years into the future. In 2002 he joined Nissan from Alliance-partner Renault where he was general manager of Product Strategy in Paris and a prominent contributor to the Alliance between Nissan and Renault.
Loing graduated from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen in northern France and, more recently, completed the Executive Development Program INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools.
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SOURCE Nissan Americas