Kou Kimura appointed managing director, CEO of Renault-Nissan India

 Kou Kimura Renault-Nissan Automotive India today announced the appointment of Kou Kimura as the new chief executive officer and managing director for its manufacturing facility at Oragadam, near Chennai. 

Kimura, who was the senior vice president, plant operations of the Oragadam facility since 2008, replaces Akira Sakurai.

Sakurai had steered the operations at the Renault-Nissan plant in the initial phase of production. He has now been appointed the senior vice president, manufacturing and industrial engineering at the corporate headquarters in Japan.

Marc Nassif, managing director and country general manager for Renault in India, continues in his role as deputy CEO of the Renault-Nissan alliance in India.

Kimura is a graduate in mechanical engineering from Touhoku University in Japan. He started his career with Nissan Motor Limited's Oppama Plant in Japan in 1977. Prior coming to India, he held various positions in Nissan headquarters in Japan and in the United Kingdom.