We just received this news from a tipster at Nissan NorAm's new HQ in
out-of-the-way beautiful Tennessee. Apparently the man who made the move happen has decided to move on himself. Jim Morton's retiring from Nissan on April 1st, and we're wondering what he'll do afterward. Maybe some fishing? Some hiking? Some running for Governor, perhaps?
From: N-COM US
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007
Subject: Internal E-News - Corporate - NNA Executive
Nissan North America Executive Change
Nissan today announced a change to its senior leadership team in North America. Jim Morton, Vice Chairman for Nissan North America, has decided to retire, effective April 1, 2007. He will continue to serve the company as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs on a contract basis. Scott Becker, Vice President of Legal for Nissan North America, will take over Morton's responsibilities for government affairs. The Vice Chairman's position will be vacated.
Immediately prior to being named vice chairman on July 1, 2006, Morton was senior vice president, administration and finance for NNA. In this function, he oversaw all finance, legal, human resources, business strategy, corporate communications, captive finance, security, corporate aviation...
...and audit for Nissan's North American operations.
He is a member of the NNA Board of Directors;
Management Committee Americas (MC-A), the key decision
making body for Nissan in North, Central and South
America; and the U.S. Management Committee (MC-US).
He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the
National Urban League, Chairman of the Association of
International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM), a
member of the Advisory Committee for the Trent Lott
Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi
and the Advisory Committee for the Hollings Cancer
Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. He
will keep an active role with the National Urban
League and the two advisory committees.
Morton joined Nissan in May 2000. Prior to that, he
held a variety of positions with Michelin North
America, Inc., which he joined in 1976. From 1996
until his departure, he held the position of vice
president, public relations and government affairs.
Before that, he served as executive director of
external relations and held other positions in the
company's public relations, governmental affairs and
While at Michelin, Morton's external activities
included serving as vice chairman, South Carolina
Ports Authority; chairman of the South Carolina
Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Board of
Directors of the Rubber Manufacturers Association.
Prior to joining Michelin, Morton worked for Arthur
Andersen & Company and General Dynamics Corporation in
various tax accounting and legal positions.
Morton holds an undergraduate degree in economics from
Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri,
and was awarded his juris doctorate at the University
of Missouri - Columbia. He received an
Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in
"I appreciate Jim's hard work, commitment and
significant contributions to Nissan's organization
during his years of service, and we're looking forward
to his continued contributions in his new
role," said Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan
Motor Co., Ltd. "I know that everyone at
Nissan wishes him and his family the best in the
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