Nissan's Head of Research and Development Retires

By | January 24, 2014
Last week, Nissan announced that its head of research and development for its North American operations, Carla Bailo, was retiring effective on February 1. Bailo joined Nissan back in 1989 and established herself within the company as a leader in engineering and vehicle program management. Kunio Nakaguro, the corporate vice president, Research Center, Nissan Motor Co., will succeed Bailo while retaining his previous duties. Before taking on her current role, Bailo served as a recovery program director through the financial crisis in 2009, was the vehicle program director with responsibility for profitability and product presence of Nissan's SUVs worldwide, and was the associate chief vehicle engineer on the Nissan Sentra and Quest in the United States. "Carla's talents are among the best in the industry, and she was instrumental in establishing departments and processes that improved the efficiency of Nissan's R&D functions. As we wish Carla the best in her retirement, we welcome Nakuguro-san, who brings R&D experience from several regions, including five years at NTCNA," said Jose Munoz, Nissan executive vice president and chairman, North America Region, in a recent statement.
Nakaguro, prior to his current title, was the director at NTCNA from 2004 through 2008, and in 2009, he became senior vice president in charge of R&D and Total Customer Satisfaction at Nissan Technical Center - Europe. It looks like Nakaguro has some pretty big shoes to fill, but with his background, it should be a smooth transition. Source: Nissan