Nissan Americas Appoints Former GM Engineer to Head Research & Development, Replacing Japanese Executive

Bailo is currently based in Japan where she is responsible for the global operations of Nissan’s vehicle, powertrain, technology businesses.

Nissan Americas today announced the appointment of Carla Bailo, 50, as senior vice president, Research & Development-Nissan Americas, effective April 1. Bailo succeeds Motohiro Matsumura, currently president, Nissan Technical Center North America (NTCNA), who will be returning to Nissan Motor Company  in Japan to an as yet unnamed position.

In her latest role, Bailo will report to Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan’s Management Committee-Americas, and be responsible for all of Nissan’s vehicle engineering and development operations in Michigan, Arizona, Mexico and Brazil.

Bailo joined Nissan from General Motors in 1989 as a vehicle testing engineer at NTCNA and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Bailo is currently based in Japan where she is responsible for overall operations, revenue and profitability of Nissan’s OEM relationships for vehicle, powertrain, technology and intellectual property business worldwide. Prior to her current assignment, Bailo was “recovery program director through the financial crisis” and she was also the program director responsible for the profitability and product presence of Nissan’s SUV’s worldwide.

Bailo continues in her current position as a member of Nissan’s MC-A, the company’s highest-ranking decision-making body in the Americas region covering the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and 37 other Latin American and Caribbean countries

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