John Martin gets new executive role at Renault-Nissan Alliance

Anthony Thunstrom

The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that John Martin has been appointed Alliance executive vice president, Alliance Manufacturing Engineering & Supply Chain Management, effective October 1st.

He will report to Thierry Bolloré, Renault chief competitive officer and Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Nissan chief competitive officer. The Alliance converged manufacturing function covers global industrial strategy (including sourcing), production process engineering, production control and supply chain management.

Martin, currently senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Nissan North America, Inc. replaces Olive, who will be leading a mission to establish an Alliance Institute aiming at developing skills and mindsets necessary for the sustainable performance of the Alliance. Olive next assignment will be announced at a later time. For this mission, Olive will report his conclusions to Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

In his new position, Martin will be in charge of further accelerating integration within the function and increasing the synergies. The Alliance Manufacturing Engineering & Supply Chain Management function is one of four key converged functions. The others are Purchasing, Engineering and Human Resources, which were also set up on April 1, 2014.

The converged functions were created to accelerate efficiency and synergies across the Alliance. The value of annualized synergies realized by the Renault-Nissan Alliance rose to €5 billion in 2016, up from €4.3 billion in 2015. Converged operations in purchasing, engineering and manufacturing contributed most of the €700 million synergy improvement.

John Martin is senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Nissan North America, Inc., a position to which he was appointed in January 2014. In this role, Martin reports to José Muñoz, chief performance officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman, Nissan North America. Martin is responsible for managing all facets of Nissan’s manufacturing operations in the U.S.A. and Mexico, including all supply chain and purchasing operations.

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