He has been steering the automaker’s campaign to give U.S. sales regions more autonomy and help the company better track and mine data and analytics to support sales.
Meunier, a Frenchman who helped boost Nissan’s market share in Brazil and then Canada before being named to his U.S. role by Munoz in early 2016, has held a secondary title of chairman of Nissan Canada. Oversight of the Canadian market will now fall to Nissan Canada President Joni Paiva, who will retain the title of president but report directly to Munoz now.
“During Christian’s tenure overseeing the Nissan brand in the U.S. and Canada, our team has set records in volume and share, taking advantage of strong growth in our world-class truck, SUV and crossover lineup,” Muñoz said in a statement. “I am confident that Dan and Joni will maintain Nissan’s momentum in the U.S. and Canada, while Christian’s strong leadership will benefit Infiniti’s efforts to grow globally.”
U.S. sales of the Nissan brand through September were down less than a percent after a 5.5 percent gain last year, outperforming the market in both cases.
Muñoz is also Nissan Motor Co.’s chief performance officer, responsible for making sure every brand and market under Nissan around the world meets its business goals.
Muñoz, in a statement circulated to Nissan’s U.S. dealer body Monday, added that the changes are “aimed at ensuring we continue to support further sales growth, while focusing on the customer experience and the profitability of your stores.”
Meunier’s reassignment to Infiniti signals additional support for the luxury brand. As president, Krueger has been responsible for a myriad of tasks, ranging from sales in markets around the world to product planning and marketing launches.
Prior to coming to Nissan in Europe in 2002, Meunier worked with Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover in Europe.
“Christian brings a wealth of global experience and knows the premium automotive sector very well,” Krueger said in a statement. “With his leadership, we are setting Infiniti up for future continued success.”
Although Infiniti’s global headquarters are in Hong Kong, Meunier will continue to reside in suburban Nashville, where Nissan North America is headquartered.
At the same time, Nissan announced the retirement of Steve Lambert, vice president for information systems, after 25 years with the company, effective Nov. 30.