The Chennai-based Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited (RNAIPL) has appointed Colin Macdonald as the Managing Director effective April 1, 2015. According to a company statement, Macdonald will be responsble for the operations of the Renault-Nissan joint venture plant at Oragadam, Chennai.
The plant has a potential annual capacity of 480,000 units and exports to more than a hundred countries and regions, making Nissan the third biggest exporter of cars from India. The Renault-Nissan Alliance employs more than 15,000 people in India, and its operations create many more jobs in suppliers.
Speaking about the appointment, Fumiaki Matsumoto, Nissan’s Executive Vice President in charge of global manufacturing said: “I would like to congratulate Colin on his new role. Under Colin’s leadership RNAIPL will continue to be a major manufacturing hub for Nissan, making great products in India for export around the world. Our advanced plant at Oragadam, near Chennai, demonstrates the global strength of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. With the continuing support of the Government of Tamil Nadu we are optimistic of even greater success. Colin will have my full support as he guides RNAIPL in the next stage of its development. The high quality cars produced at Oragadam will support Nissan’s push for sales growth in India,” said Guillaume Sicard, President Nissan India Operations. “We see India as a key strategic market and are keen to play our part in the rise of the country’s economy. We are determined to be a major player in the market here, as we already are in many other regions of the world.”
Macdonald began his career at Nissan in the Sunderland plant in 1991 and has been Deputy Managing Director of RNAIPL since January 2014. Toshihiko Sano, currently Managing Director at RNAIPL, will take up a new position as Senior Vice President of Nissan’s key supplier, Calsonic Kansei in Japan.
Renault Nissan plant in Oragadam, Chennai is the first dedicated Alliance global plant. Representing an investment of 45 billion Rupees ($1 billion) over seven years, the plant has the capacity to produce 480,000 units per year at full ramp up. The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced its plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Chennai, India, by the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Tamil Nadu on February 22, 2008. The plant operates in full compliance with Alliance global manufacturing processes and quality standards.