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Nissan Australia Appoints Dan Thompson Managing Director and CEO

March 13th, 2008


Nissan Motor Company (Australia) Pty Ltd has announced it will appoint Dan Thompson to the role of Managing Director & CEO, replacing Shinya Hannya,
effective April 1st.

Mr. Thompson has held previous positions with Nissan North America and at Nissan head office in Tokyo, most recently as General Manager & Financial Controller responsible for General Overseas Markets – which includes Australia and New Zealand.

He is also appointed Chairman of Nissan New Zealand and of Nissan Casting Australia Pty. Ltd., Nissan’s aluminum casting facility located in Dandenong, Victoria.

After four years at Nissan Australia’s helm, Shinya Hannya is returning to Japan to assume a new role at the company.

Effective April 1st Mr. Hannya will be promoted to Corporate Vice President responsible for General Overseas Markets (GOM).

In his new job he will be responsible for the Asia & Oceania markets (including Australia & New Zealand) and oversee business planning for the GOM region.

In the new management structure, Mr. Thompson will report to Mr. Hannya.

Mr. Hannya will also join the Management Committee (GOM). He will report directly to Colin Dodge, Senior Vice President and Chairman of Management Committee (GOM).

Mr. Hannya said, “The new management restructure is not only an illustration of the importance of the Australia & New Zealand markets for Nissan but is also a demonstration of Nissan’s commitment to enhance its support to those markets in the future.”

“Having just begun the roll out of a new product wave, Nissan is poised to achieve much in the years to come and I’m confident that Dan will successfully lead Nissan in Australia and New Zealand to realize its tremendous market potential.”

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