NASHVILLE — Nissan North American has elevated several of its top U.S. sales executives, including Infiniti chief Randy Parker and Nissan brand sales executive Judy Wheeler, to new posts as part of a larger refresh of its North American management ranks.
Wheeler, who as vice president for U.S. sales worked with Nissan dealers through last year's aggressive sales growth campaign, has been promoted to division vice president for dealer network strategy in the U.S. and Canada.
Her past role will be divided between two vice presidents. Billy Hayes, previously division vice president for trucks and light commercial vehicles, will become vice president responsible for all eight of Nissan's U.S. regions.
Claudia Marquez, senior director of Infiniti's U.S. sales operations, has been promoted to vice president for Nissan's U.S. sales and vehicle operations, including fleet and certified pre-owned strategy and sales.
Parker, who has been vice president of Infiniti Americas, the brand's most senior position in North America, has been named to a global role as Nissan division general manager, responsible for worldwide marketing and sales for the automaker's light commercial vehicle business unit in Yokohama, Japan.
Succeeding him in Infiniti's top slot here will be Michael Colleran, currently vice president of Nissan's Northeast sales region. Colleran had also previously been regional vice president of Nissan Canada.
Adam Paterson, managing director of Infiniti Canada, now reports directly to Colleran.
All changes are effective April 1.
Nissan North America announced the changes Tuesday, saying they will position the automaker as it pursues its recently launched "M.O.V.E. to 2022" global midterm business plan.
Parker delivered an 11 percent sales growth last year for Infiniti in the U.S. market.
He will report to Ashwani Gupta, senior vice president in charge of the global Renault-Nissan LCV Business Unit, as it attempts to expand its market position in North America and China.
Nissan also said it has promoted Fred DePerez, currently division general manager of global LCV marketing and sales, to vice president responsible for the commercial vehicles North America business.
Among other promotions announced Tuesday, Rob Pitt, senior director of production purchasing with the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization in North America, will become vice president of purchasing in the North American group.