Bruce Campbell, VP of Nissan Design America, Retiring

After three decades with Nissan Design America, Vice President Bruce Campbell announced he will retire from the automaker at the end of March.

"I'm looking forward to more biking and skiing," Campbell told Automotive News.

Campbell joined Nissan in 1980, and although he helped oversee the design direction of cars including the new 370Z and Maxima, his personal favorite was the Gobi, a compact truck that hit the auto show circuit in 1990. The truck never made it to production, but as Campbell said, "it showed use we could do completely functional products but make them fun and appealing to customers."

Nissan announced Campbell's successor will be none other than Alfonso Albaisa, who presently heads the automaker's European design operations. Albasia, who joined Nissan in 1988, is no stranger to NDA; he led the group from 2005 to 2007.

Although Campbell may look forward to hitting the bike trails, he won't completely abandon his design pursuits. Nissan did reveal he will continue to serve as an advisor to its global design operations, led by Shiro Nakamura.

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