JORDI Vila, a key figure in Nissan’s electrification of the European car market, has become Divisional Vice President for Marketing & Sales (M&S) in Europe.
Instrumental in the success of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 and in the manufacturer’s crossover leadership in Europe, Vila returns to the region after leading the sales and marketing division in Nissan’s Asia & Oceania region. He replaces Roel de Vries, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons.
Vila is based at Nissan Europe’s operational headquarters in Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France, as the company rolls out its next generation of crossovers and electrified vehicles, including the all-new Nissan Ariya.
A familiar face in Nissan’s European markets, Vila joined Nissan over 30 years ago as Export/Area Manager in Spain, going on to work in several M&S roles in the Netherlands, France and Italy, and serving as Managing Director for Nissan in the Netherlands and the Nordic markets.
In 2017 he was appointed Vice President, Sales, for Nissan Europe and from June to December 2019 led the European sales and marketing division.
Vila said: ‘I am really excited to be returning to the European region at a pivotal time for the business. The new Juke is proving to be another crossover star for Nissan in Europe, and with a new Qashqai and the Nissan Ariya on the way, there is much for our teams and customers to look forward to.’
Nissan Europe Chairman, Gianluca de Ficchy, added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Jordi back to the European business. His knowledge and expertise will be a great asset to the company as he leads our teams into a new era of electrification.
‘We also thank Roel for his valuable contributions to Nissan since 1994, and wish him every success in his future challenges.’