NASHVILLE — Fred Diaz, the Chrysler-turned-Nissan executive who most recently led Nissan's North American truck strategy, has been dispatched to a senior assignment at Mitsubishi.
Diaz has been named general manager in charge of performance optimization for the global marketing and sales division of Mitsubishi Motors Corp., a post that will move him from suburban Nashville to Mitsubishi headquarters in Japan.
Last year, Nissan Motor Co. took controlling interest of Mitsubishi and has since moved a number of Nissan executives into key roles at Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi did not make a public announcement when Diaz, 51, got the new assignment in late summer. Nissan North America did not announce his departure because the company's human resources policy restricts it from discussing individuals who have left, said a Nissan North America spokeswoman.
It is unclear what Diaz's specific mission will be at Mitsubishi, or whether he will be involved in Mitsubishi's business in the United States.
Nissan and Mitsubishi have been vague about how they will work together in the U.S. It is unclear how free they can be in discussing their U.S. plans. Last week, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said there are still "antitrust concerns" in the Nissan-Mitsubishi link-up with regard to the U.S.
Before joining Nissan in 2013, Diaz was CEO of Ram Trucks and CEO of Chrysler de Mexico and Latin America.
Nissan recruited him as senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing, reporting to Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz. Diaz was then assigned to step up Nissan's light-truck and commercial sales, marketing and operations across North America.