May 7, 2019 / 1:42 PM / 2 months ago

Nissan's premium brand Infiniti names new global chief

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Infiniti, Nissan Motor's premium brand, is seen at its Global Design Center in Atsugi, Japan, April 18, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co’s premium division Infiniti is expected to announce a new acting global chief for the brand, the company said, after its current head, Christian Meunier, left to lead the Jeep unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Nissan’s chief quality officer Christian Vandenhende will oversee Infiniti’s global operations effective immediately, until a new brand chief is named, Infiniti said in the statement on Tuesday.

Meunier was named global chief in early January after its previous boss Roland Krueger left the Hong Kong-based brand.

Meunier will take over as global president for SUV-focused Jeep effective immediately, Fiat Chrysler said in a separate statement.

An Infiniti spokesman said Meunier’s resignation was not related to Nissan’s internal investigation into its former leader Carlos Ghosn.

Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu; additional reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Louise Heavens and Arun Koyyur

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