18 March 2008 | Paul Snell
Japanese carmaker Nissan has made changes to its top purchasing team, with the promotion of two of its senior buyers.
Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan, said the changes were to prepare the company for its new business plan and expected growth.
Yasuhiro Yamauchi who was formerly the corporate vice-president, project purchasing department 1 & 2 in the material purchasing group at Renault and Nissan's joint buying organisation (RNPO), will take over as senior vice-president, purchasing, of the service support purchasing department and purchasing strategy department. He will also be responsible for the common procurement department in the RNPO.
In addition Makoto Yoshimoto, previously a general manager in the purchasing strategy department, will be appointed as corporate vice-president project purchasing department 1 & 2, purchasing engineering support and purchasing administration department.
Procurement is a board-level function at Nissan, led by Hiroto Saikawa, executive vice-president of purchasing.