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De Nysschen resigns as Infiniti president

For the second time in two years, Johan De Nyschenn shocks the industry

Published: July 11, 2014, 4:45 AM
Updated: October 27, 2014, 12:33 AM

Johan De Nysschen, Infiniti President

UPDATE: It's official; De Nysschen is headed for the top job at Cadillac, replacing Bob Ferguson who was recently shifted out of that position.

Just over two years ago, Johan De Nysschen shocked the automotive world by resigning from his position as president of Audi of America to become the global head of Infiniti, based in Hong Kong.

This week, he's done it again, resigning as president of Infiniti, for personal reasons.

Those personal reasons are said to include a desire to return to the United States, where his family still lives. There have been rumours, however, that De Nysschen's plans for the brand and its expansion have not perfectly aligned with those of Renault-Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn's, which could not have made for a happy working environment.

There are also rumours that De Nysschen already has another job lined up with Cadillac, which could certainly benefit from his experience and expertise.

Reinforcing that speculation, Cadillac just cleared out its top spot by sending its current head, Bob Ferguson, back to his prior position as GM's top government lobbyist in Washington, DC.

Infiniti, which has thrived under De Nysschen's leadership, has not yet named his replacement. In the interim, Andy Palmer, executive vice-president of Nissan Corporation, will assume his duties.

As a point of interest, Infiniti did recently bring in a former, BMW executive, Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations.