THE senior vice president of Hyundai’s European operations – Allan Rushforth – has moved from Frankfurt, Germany to join Nissan in Japan.
Rushforth’s new appointment at Nissan is corporate vice president for Global Sales. He will be based at Nissan’s Yokohama headquarters and report to Philippe Klein, Nissan chief planning officer.
“Allan’s past professional experience includes running sales operations in international markets and working across cultural boundaries,” said Klein.
“Nissan is a company that values cultural diversity and Allan shares this and has demonstrated the ability to lead multicultural teams successfully. I believe that he is uniquely prepared to lead Nissan’s global sales.”
Rushforth, a British national, started his automotive career working in Fleet sales, for the Rover Group plc. He rose through the organization attaining greater responsibilities until 1996.
Following the purchase of the business in 1996 by BMW, Rushforth was assigned to South Korea as executive director with responsibility for the launch of the Land Rover brand.
Allan returned to the UK in 1998 as the sales director for Land Rover, a position he held until he was recruited by Volkswagen Group AG to lead Audi Retail Operations from their Milton Keynes. headquarters.
He remained with VW through 2007 and left the Group as director of Group Services. He joined Hyundai in 2007 and has held his current position since then.