Nissan shuffles three VPs, names fourth

Auto maker names North American chief customer officer, among other things

Nissan has moved around three of its vice presidents and promoted a director at its Decherd engine plant to a VP spot.

As part of a large round of promotions and position shuffles, Franklin-based Nissan Americas said the following executives will soon take on new roles:

• Leon Dorssers, now the auto maker’s VP of customer quality and dealer network development, has been named VP of dealer network development and will focus solely on the North American region. Dorssers joined Nissan in 1992 and was managing director of Nissan Belgium and Luxemburg for three years before taking his current job in 2012.

• John Spoon, VP of parts and service, is moving over to VP of customer quality and will be Nissan’s chief customer officer for its North American region. Spoon, pictured here, has been in his current job since July 2010 and before that was regional VP for Nissan's Central Region. He joined the company in 1987 as a district sales manager trainee.

• Mark Swenson, VP of vehicle production, manufacturing engineering and component facilities, has been named VP of quality and manufacturing and new model engineering for the United States and Mexico. Swenson joined Nissan in 1989 as a product engineer and was promoted to the management team in 1997. His work at the company has included helping to prepare its Smyrna plant to launch production of the all-electric Leaf.

• Gary Edwards, director of Decherd powertrain engineering, has been promoted to the new position of VP of powertrain operations and battery plant. He has been director of engineering at the Decherd factory since it opened its doors in 1997.

The changes are effective April 1. See the company’s full list of position changes here.

Nissan last year sold a record 1.25 million vehicles, 9 percent more than in 2012. Sales of the company’s core models were up nearly 16 percent, helped the launches of the Versa Note subcompact and Rogue crossover.