Nissan has announced changes in leadership at Nissan Design America and Nissan Design Europe. Alfonso Albaisa, currently vice president, Design, Nissan Design Europe, will return to NDA as vice president.
Albaisa succeeds Bruce Campbell, vice president, Design, NDA. Campbell, a 30-year veteran with Nissan, will retire from NDA and become an advisor to Nissan’s Global Design Division. Nacif will become vice president, Nissan Design Europe, succeeding Albaisa.
All changes are effective April 1, 2010.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Bruce for his passionate contribution to Nissan Design during his 31-year tenure since the establishment of NDA,” said Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer, Design and Brand Management, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and president, NDA.
“Although Bruce will be leaving NDA, he will continue to play a vital role as advisor for Nissan Global Design.”
Alfonso Albaisa joined San Diego-based Nissan Design America in 1988 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute in New York City.
During succeeding years, he worked on a number of projects including the current Nissan Altima, Maxima, Rogue and minor changes for the Nissan Armada, Quest and Infiniti QX56.
After an assignment in Japan, Albaisa was named vice president, Nissan Design Europe, in 2007.
Campbell joined Nissan in 1980 worked as a chief designer for groundbreaking vehicles, including the Nissan Gobi Concept Truck, the “Hardbody” pickup, Pulsar NX, Maxima, Cocoon Concept and Xterra SUV. More recently he led design efforts for the all-new Nissan 370Z, Maxima and Rogue.
Prior to joining NDA, Campbell was director of design for Tesa Design, a consulting design firm specializing in transportation and industrial design.
Campbell, who assumed his current position in October 2004, also played a key role in the design of the Nissan Americas building in Franklin, Tenn., headquarters for Nissan’s activities throughout the Americas.
The Nissan Americas building opened in the summer of 2008, and its design has won several awards, including the American Institute of Architects Tennessee chapter’s Award for Excellence in Architecture.
Before joining Nissan, Nacif worked for PSA Peugeot Citroen in France and for Ford Motor Co.
Nacif joined NDA in June 2004. He has participated in the Joint Design Policy Group with Nissan’s Alliance partner, Renault, and is a member of the Global Perceived Quality Group.
Since joining NDA , Nacif has been engaged in instilling better practices and organized methodology for increased efficiency and effectiveness for better coordination among Nissan Design affiliates worldwide.