Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen has resigned and will take a position as president of Cadillac. de Nysschen told Infiniti and Nissan executives he was leaving for personal reasons. He was appointed president of Cadillac today.
Hong Kong-based Infiniti spokesman Stefan Weinmann confirmed to Automobile this morning that de Nysschen resigned for "personal reasons" and a desire to return to the U.S. At that time, de Nysschen didn't tell Infiniti of any future job plans. His resignation is effective at the end of this month.
Until a successor is found, Infiniti chairman Andy Palmer will temporarily assume de Nysschen's duties, meaning he will act as both chairman and president of Infiniti. Palmer is also chief planning officer of parent company Nissan. Weinmann said Infiniti doesn't want to set a timeline for finding a replacement for de Nysschen, but that the company is confident it will continue on a positive track.
"We are very comfortable and very confident over the potential of the brand," he said. "It is a very positive situation."
General Motors confirmed this morning that de Nysschen will take over as president of Cadillac, reporting to GM president Dan Amman. He starts his new position September 1. The automaker announced yesterday that Cadillac senior vice president Robert E. Ferguson would step down from his role to serve as senior vice president of GM public policy, leaving the top job at Cadillac open for de Nysschen. Ferguson was appointed senior vice president of Cadillac in October 2012.
Johan de Nysschen was president of Audi of America from 2004 through 2012, before serving as president of Infiniti, a role based in Hong Kong. Prior to his stint as president of Audi of America, de Nysschen was president of Audi of Japan from 1999 through 2004. From 1993 through 1999 he served as general manager of Audi South Africa.