TOKYO – Mike Colleran has been appointed the new global head of the struggling Infiniti premium brand as part of a personnel shuffle at parent company Nissan Motor Co.
Colleran, currently deputy chairman of Infiniti’s management committee, will become chairman starting April 1 and be promoted to corporate vice president at Nissan, the company said on Wednesday.
He will report to Nissan Chief Quality Officer Christian Vandenhende, who had filled in as Infiniti chairman following the departure of previous Infiniti President Christian Meunier in May to become global president of the Jeep brand. Meunier’s resignation came just four months after the departure of his predecessor, Roland Krueger, deepening a leadership crisis at the brand.
A former captain in the U.S. Marines, Colleran steps into Infiniti at a delicate time.
The brand is moving its head office back to Japan from Hong Kong this year and is battling slumping sales. Infiniti sales in the U.S., the brand’s biggest…