New high-level Nissan and Volkswagen appointments
16 January 2014
Author: Will Stretton
Nissan has announced the appointment of Paul Willcox as European chairman.
The appointment is part of a series of senior management and organisational changes designed to further strengthen Nissan's European operations. Willcox will now report to Trevor Mann, Nissan global chief performance officer, with his start date still to be confirmed.
Trevor Mann commented: "I am delighted about Paul's appointment. With his deep knowledge of Nissan and strong leadership, I am confident that Paul will succeed in achieving our European performance objectives."
Willcox has a long history with Nissan, with his most recent role being senior vice president - sales and marketing for Nissan Europe in 2011, before leaving in September 2013 to head Volkswagen in the UK.
Paul Willis is to replace Willcox and take over as managing director of Volkswagen Group UK Ltd from 1 February 2014.
Commenting on his new appointment, Willis said: "I'm delighted to be returning to the Volkswagen Group in the UK. The Group is going from strength to strength and now holds close to a 20% share of the UK car market."
Willis headed up the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand between February 2000 and 2008, and since then has worked as chief operating officer, sales and marketing for VW subsidiaries Skoda China since June 2011.
Moving out of VW's Milton Keynes base is Mark Hopkins, who has been appointed marketing director of Kia.
Previously head of marketing for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Hopkins will report to Yaser Shabsogh, commercial director at Kia.
Shabsogh commented; "We are delighted to confirm Mark as marketing director at Kia. He has brilliant automotive industry experience, and brings a wealth of Above-The-Line, digital and CRM expertise that will really help us continue to drive forward our ambitious UK growth plans."
Hopkins said: "I am really looking forward to working with the team to build even more innovative, open and creative marketing ideas which will further drive the brand forward.''