Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen Resigns, Goes to Cadillac


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."

Johan de Nysschen with Carlos Ghosn

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.

With this official leaving, will Infiniti now stop with their confusing name changes of their models?  The company lost some goodwill with some people because of this idea, the G model had so much popularity with car fans and now Infiniti is planning to discard it.
James C.
Sure, Hire top guy from company that is heading downward for many years to run company that has been doing most incredible run.Has GM lost their mind? Have they seen late Infinitis?It would make sense if Infiniti hired top guys from Cadillac to learn their success....
Wow what a bad move, the same guy that has had little to no success running Infiniti and turning around is running Cadillac a company that has been responsible for a new found respect for American cars and luxury cars.  Just seems like such a bad idea, Infiniti has made a couple interesting products, but their quality continues to lag behind the competition and their performance as of late also is lacking compared to euro competition.  All I can say is Good Luck Cadillac.

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