Just days after stepping down from his position of president at Audi U.S., a role he had occupied for 19 years, Johan de Nysschen has been appointed as senior vice president of Nissan and will be in charge of Infiniti effective July 1, 2012.
Overseeing de Nysschen will be Andy Palmer, Nissan’s Executive Vice President of product planning, business strategy, and marketing communications, and who also oversees Infiniti. De Nysschen will work out of Infiniti’s new global headquarters in Hong Kong, which opened back on May 22.
During his stay with Audi, de Nysschen served in executive roles in South Africa, Japan, and he was most recently president of Audi’s U.S. operations. De Nysschen can be credited with bringing diesel engines back to the U.S. along with introducing the A3 hatchback, Q5, and the Q7 stateside as well. Under his leadership, Audi has grown into one of the largest luxury automakers here in America, success that Infiniti surely hopes he can repeat.
As for life before Audi, de Nysschen was employed by BMW in South America. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of South Africa. De Nysschen also holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria which is also in South Africa.