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Nissan announces key appointments

Nissan has announced three promotions of British executives to crucial roles within the organisation.

Trevor Mann, currently senior vice president, manufacturing, supply chain management, production engineering and purchasing for Europe in Nissan International is appointed SVP, global supply chain management and operating committee – Africa, Middle East and India.

Mann joined Nissan to help found the Sunderland Plant in 1985 as a team leader, ahead of the start of Bluebird production. In 2010 the factory became the first UK car plant ever to make more than 400,000 vehicles in one year. He was awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List this January.

Jerry Hardcastle, currently vice president of vehicle design and development at Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield is appointed global chief marketability engineer. He also takes the role of global general manager of customer oriented engineering department in NTC. He will continue to be based in Cranfield.

Hardcastle has spent 24 years working in the automotive Industry holding positions in design and development with Austin Rover Group and Nissan. He has held positions in Engine Design, Interior Trim Design, Project Management and Vehicle Evaluation.

His role as vice president meant Hardcastle was responsible for all aspects of the vehicle design and development activities and process at NTCE sites based in Cranfield, Barcelona, Brussels, Bonn and Moscow.

Hardcastle’s position as vice president, vehicle design & development NTCE will be taken by David Moss, currently director, Body and Exterior Engineering at NTCE. He will also continue to be based in NTCE in Cranfield.

Moss joined Nissan as Graduate Engineer in 1990 and has risen through the ranks at the company, taking in roles involving body design, interior and HVAC engineering and corporate planning.

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