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Up the ranks: Nissan appoints Simon Woollard as Regional VP HR

Simon Woollard has been appointed by Nissan as the Regional Vice President, HR for Nissan Asia & Oceania, effective 1 January 2019. In this role, he reports to Yutaka Sanada, Regional Senior VP for Nissan Asia & Oceania and Mark Stout, Corporate VP, Nissan Global Human Resources.

He will be responsible for the development of talent acquisition and people advancement across the Asia & Oceania region, to maximise Nissan’s overall performance.

The Nissan Asia & Oceania regional headquarters is in Bangkok, Thailand. Woollard will be supporting the business between Thailand and Australia, and travelling regularly across the region.

Yutaka Sanada commented on the appointment: “As we travel strategically towards our midterm ‘Nissan M.O.V.E to 2022’ growth goals in this diverse and exciting region, the importance of people in driving this is clear.

“Simon, with his high performance record and extensive experience in HR management, business partnering and people development at Nissan, and the automotive industry, is a strong leader that will help support our progress, with people firmly at its heart.”

Prior to this, Woollard was leading the talent management, acquisition and learning & development teams in Nissan Europe, based in Paris.

He also brings with him knowledge of the Asia & Oceania region, as HR Director for Nissan Australia and New Zealand, prior to which he held HR leadership positions in China, Taiwan and Thailand during his tenure at Ford, Asia Pacific and Africa.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Simon has been at Nissan for six years.

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