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Nissan president Childs retires

Allen Childs will retire as president of Nissan Canada after two decades with the brand.

The move, effective Jan. 1, will see Christian Meunier, current president of Nissan Brazil take over Canadian operations, the brand’s third largest market in the Americas.

According to the company, Meunier joined Nissan Europe in 2002 as general manager, sales and fleet and has held a variety of positions including vice president of European and vice president of marketing at Nissan North America.

“In his current role, he has overseen a significant expansion of Nissan’s dealer network in Brazil and increasing market share with Nissan being Brazil’s fastest-growing brand last year,” the automaker said.

Childs’ career at Nissan has spanned two decades including positions in regional operations, dealer operations, parts and service and marketing.

In 2002, he became vice president of Nissan Canada sales before returning to Nissan North America (NNA) in 2006 as vice president, parts and service.

Named president of Nissan Canada in 2010, Childs led team in developing a comprehensive business improvement plan to strengthen the company’s position in Canada—including actions to improve performance of the dealer network and to increase market share.