Nissan Canada announces new president


After a distinguished 26-year career at Nissan, Mark Grimm will retire from the company and be replaced by Allen Childs.
Childs, the current vice president of parts and service will succeed Grimm as president of NCI and a member of the management committee – Americas (MC-A). 

In his new role, Nissan says Childs will take on responsibility for all aspects of Nissan’s operations in Canada.

Since joining Nissan in 1990 as a regional operations manager, he has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in sales and marketing.

During his Nissan tenure, the outgoing Grimm held a variety of sales management positions. Most recently, he led the NCI team in building market share and expanding its dealer network through strategic growth, resulting in three consecutive years of record market share. 

 “Mark has made a significant contribution to sales and marketing within Nissan and we wish him our very best for a happy and healthy retirement,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman, MC-A.  

The management shuffle did not stop at the very top though, as James Morton, currently vice president, administration and finance for NCI, will be transferred back to Nissan North America as director, NMAC financial products. 

In his new assignment, Morton will report to Mike McConnell, vice president of sales, financial products and corporate planning office, and will become a member of the NMAC operating committee and leader of the NMAC pricing committee.

 Jay Cook is named director, finance for NCI, taking on the responsibilities previously managed by Morton and reporting jointly to Jett Johns, vice president, finance, and Childs. Cook is currently completing a foreign-service assignment at Nissan Motor, Ltd. in Yokohama, Japan, as senior manager of executive reporting.