Nissan has announced the appointment of Simon Woollard as regional vice president, human resources for Nissan Asia & Oceania, effective since January 1.
In his new role, he reports to Yutaka Sanada, regional senior vice president for Nissan Asia & Oceania, and Mark Stout, corporate vice president, Nissan Global Human Resources.
“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,” Sanada said.
Woollard, an Australian, will be responsible for development of talent acquisition and people advancement across the Asia & Oceania region, to maximise Nissan's overall performance.
Prior to this new position, he was leading the Talent Management, Acquisition and Learning and Development teams in Nissan Europe, based in Paris.
He also brings with him a deep knowledge of the Asia & Oceania region, as HR director for Nissan Australia and New Zealand, and prior to that held HR leadership positions in China, Taiwan and Thailand during his tenure at Ford, Asia-Pacific and Africa.
Woollard has been at Nissan for six years.