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Renault-Nissan Hires Former Toyota Golden Boy And Chrysler Exec Jim Press

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Renault-Nissan has confirmed this week that Jim Press, formerly the vice chairman and president for Chrysler and president of Toyota North America, will be hired as a consultant for the French-Japanese duo’s global sales and marketing. We don’t normally report on executive shuffles within the auto industry but Renault-Nissan snagging Jim Press is a major coup, especially for an automaker looking to strengthen its position in the lucrative U.S. market.

Press was very successful at Toyota, becoming the first non-Japanese executive to be inducted to the auto giant’s board of directors after showing impressive results in the U.S. new car market. And while his performance at Chrysler isn’t as notable, he did manage to keep the struggling automaker on its feet during the recent bankruptcy and eventual sale to Fiat.

The 63-year old executive has already been working for Renault-Nissan for the past four months, according to company spokesman Simon Sproule who spoke recently with Bloomberg.

“He's visited with our dealers in the States, Europe and Japan and has already begun providing substantial input,” Sproule revealed.

This is a crucial move for Renault-Nissan, which in the past has been looking to form an alliance with several U.S. automakers. Press’ in-depth knowledge of the U.S. market should help Renault-Nissan with any expansion plans it may have, including the possible re-launch of the Renault brand locally.

[Bloomberg]

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  1. This is a great move by Renault-Nissan. As a former Chrysler Advisory Board member I found Jim to be honest, forthcoming and talented. He's a regular guy.
    I realized, regretably, that there could only be one "king" at Chrysler and that had to be Marchionne. Given that reality, the loss of Jim Press, was truly a loss for Chrysler, but now a boon for R/N.
    I wish Jim the best, and I hope his Chrysler days will always be fondly remembered.Speaking as a Chrysler guy, he earned five "pentastars" for his work at Chrysler.
     
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  2. I wonder if Jim Press is coming on board to help out with the Nissan whistle blower issue.
     
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  3. I'm shocked this guy is still working. He must really love his job. But seriously, let's hope Renault could be coming here. I love those quirky French cars.
     
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  4. Should be good news for Nissan, especially at a time when they're ready to roll out the Leaf. Don't forget, Press was at Toyota for the Prius.
     
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  5. Yeah, when will I see some Renault love for the US market? Maybe with a 2010 Renault Alpine Sportscar?
    It's not like it would cause them to change anything for us since they already sell cars for english speaking markets like the UK.
     
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  6. this does seem like a pretty big coup for renault-nissan. have to think they are feeling some heat re results. hopefully he will help - assume with us strategy in particular
     
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  7. Jim Press is indeed a very good guy. However Jim lacks in 2 areas
    1. Green
    2. Digital
    His forte is dealer relations which seems to be the key thing for most automakers
     
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  8. Good to see automakers hiring car veterans.
    Best of luck to Jim!
     
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  9. Did anyone see the story about Nissan whistleblower Sharyn Bovat being arrested at Nissan HQ in Franklin, TN? Bovat is an executive recruiter who was responsible for relocating Carlos Tavares to Nashville Tennessee.
    Check it out the story http://www.coolsprings.com/news/
     
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  10. Nice comments by Global Motorola and the chick who drives a Honda.
     
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