Nissan North America Names New VP of Purchasing

Automaker taps Catherine Perez to help strengthen its Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization.

Nissan North America Inc. announced on June 24 the appointment of Catherine Perez as the company's vice president of purchasing. Perez will begin her new role on Sept. 1, and will report to Bill Krueger, senior vice president of manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain management and total customer satisfaction for the Americas.

The company's current vice president of purchasing, John Miller, will assume a new role essential to the company's achievement of its new five-year plan, GT 2012. Details will be announced this summer. Miller joined NNA in 2004 and is recognized for driving numerous successes and efficiencies throughout the purchasing organization.

Perez is currently vice president of purchasing projects and general manager of powertrains for the Renault-Nissan Purchasing Organization (RNPO). She joined Renault SAS in 1995. Before that, Perez was with Rhone-Poulenca major European specialty chemical company based in France.

"Catherine has been a tremendous asset to driving momentum and synergies within the Renault-Nissan Alliance," said Krueger. "She brings extensive global experience, particularly from her work in Japan and Europe, which will make the RNPO and the Alliance even stronger."

Perez holds a master's degree in business administration from York University in Toronto and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. She earned a Diploma in Strategy and Marketing from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Lyon in France.

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